Flushed with success after World Toilet Day

Chicken poo bingo, Soggy Bottom bake sales, Spag Bog socials, toilet decorating contests, even quizzes about animal droppings… Our World Toilet Day weekend of fundraising was busy, pun-fuelled and hugely successful.

The Toilet Twinning totaliser had totted up 562 twins by midnight on Monday 19 November itself – and, with our London fundraising dinner sponsored by Explore! on the Saturday evening, our final total was more than £38,000.

We’re delighted to announce that part of this will go to a project in the North Kivu province of DRC which will help more than 1,000 families in nine villages build their first-ever toilet and teach them about hygiene. This is a region where sexual violence has been rife – so toilets are particularly important for women, in terms of both health and security.

Fittingly, this issue was the focus of our #BigSquat at St Paul’s Cathedral on World Toilet Day itself – featuring three choirs, Bill Oddie OBE, inspiring speakers and a giant inflatable loo.

And as ever, our fundraisers did us proud. Here are a few highlights…

AXA Global Healthcare attended the #BigSquat in London – and held their own squat, bake sale, Posh Loo promo and ‘Guess who’s in the loo?’ contest back at base in Tunbridge Wells. When ThirdWay Interiors encouraged staff members to twin their toilets, more than half of them took up the challenge.

Churches were just as busy. St Paul’s in Hainault held a Spag Bog lunch with bake sale, animal dropping quiz and games such as ‘Pin the flush on the loo’. And in Basingstoke, the young people at St Gabriel’s Church pushed on with their campaign to twin their new loos by holding a toilet-themed cake sale, handing out loo-roll money boxes to the congregation and inviting everyone to pay to wear blue to church. At Malvern College, students held a giant game of Assassins Tag over several days in aid of life saving loos.

Some groups managed to extend World Toilet Day for a whole week. The Primayer office in Hampshire had a different focus for each lunchtime, from toilet joke competition to a raffle. Meanwhile, Minster School in York mixed things up with a cake contest, ‘Pimp my toilet’ loo-decorating competition, a sponsored squat, toilet-roll fashion show and loo-themed games… including, of course, Poopla.

We are hugely grateful to you all, for your energy, enthusiasm, creativity and generosity – which all contribute to changing lives overseas for ever.