It was a wet Saturday morning on the 6th September 2008 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire when pirates overran and conquered the Severn Trent owned reservoir, Carsington Water. The 4th annual WaterAid Raft Race was truly upon us. This year saw 30 rafts, each armed with 6 pillaging pirates take to the water to complete for the title and one of many prizes available.
The event is organised by Severn Trent Water and welcomes its employees, their contractors, suppliers, and their motley crews (aka family members!), to Carsington Water for a fun day out. 2008 was the 2nd Raft Race C2C Services had participated in and this year we were going to win!
WaterAid is a charity that use practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. This particular event was held to raise funds to enable WaterAid to reallocate into communities which require safe drinking water and sanitation.
Pirates in jolly moods gathered on the shore of the reservoir with the support of their motley crew’s in eager anticipation of the 4th annual WaterAid Raft Race; and even the typically awful British weather failed to dampen spirits!
The first 6 heats consisted of 5 Rafts paddling out past two buoys and back to shore with a sprint finish from the shore to the finish line….or wherever the team decided to throw their man (volunteer) overboard to swim to shore.
C2C Services got off to a flying start in their 1st heat, paddling hard from the off, to create an unassailable lead which saw them first passed the finish line and crowned winner of their heat – with a respectable time of 8 minutes 52 seconds. This put us through to the semi-finals along with our sister company Severn Trent Select.
As the mist started to roll in, creating an even more pirate like atmosphere, unfortunately our game plan disintegrated; as we became more concerned with splashing the other rafts we fell back in the race. However, we still came a respectable 3rd with a time of 9 minutes 12 seconds, but to our dismay behind ST Select. Somebody will be walking the plank for this poor performance! With the shoulders burning and arms about to explode the C2C pirates retreated back to dry land heads bowed in disgrace with the knowledge that we would become the butt of ST Select jokes for the foreseeable future (probably until next year when we can extract our revenge).
A huge well done, if some what reluctant, has to go to ST Select for finishing 3rd over all, as we were all there for the single reason of raising as much money for WaterAid as possible.
Over the last four years the Severn Trent Water group has raised over £40,000 for WaterAid, and over the past two years C2C has raised over £2,000 alone. All of which will go along way to help people in 17 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to make lasting improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene education using local skills and practical, sustainable technologies. We are proud to be associated with such an important and worthy charity such as WaterAid.
The event would not be possible without any of the elements; spectators to cheer and holler; rafters to compete; vendors to provide facilities and activities; jugglers, face painters, the band and volunteers to add to the atmosphere and collect donations, and of course the all important sponsors who provide the majority of funds for WaterAid and the needy communities. A big thank you must go to all those who sponsored C2C Services for this event, you generosity is much appreciated and I’m sure all those who will benefit directly from this would say the same.
As for winning, well on this occasion it certainly was the taking part that counted. With regards to the 2009 WaterAid raft race….training has started
C2C Services recognises the importance of charities such as WaterAid. Developing countries face a constant daily battle to source fresh clean water. One of the biggest killer in third world countries is diarrhoea. ”Delhi belly” is a joke among world travellers, although not always to those who have had it. But in Asia, Africa and Latin America, it is an inescapable fact of existence, and for those under 5 a very real threat to life.
Four million to five million children die each year from the dehydration caused by severe diarrhea. Various studies indicate there are one billion to two billion cases of the malady annually. Virtually every child in the third world will have the disease more than once in his or her lifetime. With some common diarrhoeal diseases, a child or even an adult can die in a day, so severe and rapid is the dehydration.
One of the main carriers of this disease is contaminated water. Clean drinking water, something which many may take for granted in the developed world, is a luxury many can not afford in the developing world. This is why C2C support such a vital charity and aim to make a difference to people’s lives.