Performers Ringo Starr, Robert Smith and The Cure, Sigrid, Neneh Cherry, and visual artist David Shrigley have all designed special-limited edition badges for this year's Glastonbury Festival on behalf of the charity WaterAid.
Completing the exclusive set of six enamel badges is the new official Glastonbury Festival 2019 badge, designed on behalf of the Eavis family by Stanley Donwood, sometimes referred to as the sixth member of Radiohead. It depicts the legendary Glastonbury Tor under a full moon, surrounded by a rainbow.
All badges will be free to revellers visiting one of the WaterAid's 37 water kiosks run by the charity's dedicated volunteers across Worthy Farm during the festival.
The badges celebrate the importance of clean water in support of WaterAid's Access Denied campaign, which calls for everyone everywhere to have access to clean water and decent toilets. Worldwide, vulnerable people living in extreme poverty, women and girls, children, disabled people, and remote communities are the most likely to have their access to clean water, a decent toilet and good hygiene denied. An equal chance to be healthy, educated and financially secure begins with water.
Beatles drummer and long-term WaterAid supporter Ringo Starr, said:
"I have always supported WaterAid because I believe everyone on this planet has a right to have clean water. They asked me to create a special badge for Glastonbury Festival and you can get it and show your support for their great work when you visit WaterAid's water kiosks at the festival. Peace and love, Ringo."
Robert Smith, frontman of the Cure, who will be headlining on Sunday night at the festival, said:
"Without water there wouldn't be life. Everyone should have this basic human right, but millions have their access denied because of who they are or where they live. So, if you're going to Glastonbury Festival this summer, head down to the WaterAid water kiosks to refill your bottles while also helping make a noise about this injustice and supporting the charity's work to change lives for good."
Norwegian singer and songwriter Sigrid, who will be performing on the Other Stage on Saturday, said:
"I find it crazy that people still don't have clean water in 2019. Millions have to walk miles each day to collect water that's not even clean, affecting the lives of young people in particular and limiting their future potential. WaterAid is working towards a world where everyone has access to this basic human right, and I'm proud to be supporting their Access Denied campaign at Glastonbury this summer."
Singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, who will take to West Holts Stage on Saturday, said:
"It is completely unacceptable that around the world, millions of families are living without clean water, impacting on their health, their education, their futures.¯When I heard that WaterAid's Access Denied campaign aims to bring everyone clean water by 2030, I knew I had to get involved to help make a difference."
Visual artist, David Shrigley, famous for his thumbs-up sculpture 'Really Good', said:
"It's so easy for us to take clean water for granted - we can just go to a tap and get it whenever we want. Yet for 1 in 9 people around the world, this is just a pipe dream. I wanted to support WaterAid's Access Denied campaign at Glastonbury Festival, to show how something so simple is still out of reach for millions across the world. Everyone should have access to a lasting supply of clean water, wherever they live."
As an added bonus, on the reverse of each badge is a web link, which is the key to entering a prize draw where the lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to Glastonbury Festival 2020.
To enter the prize draw, visit watera.id/access.
WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 26.4 million people with clean water and 26.3 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.
· 785 million people in the world - 1 in 10 - do not have clean water close to home.1
· 2 billion people in the world - almost 1 in 4 - do not have a decent toilet of their own.2
· Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's around 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.3
· Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.4
· Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.5
· To find out if countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, see the online database www.WASHwatch.org
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