by Rita Gwyn Jones
The Soroptimist International Club of Cardiff and District recently held a Water Tasting Evening to mark World Water Day and raise money for WaterAid, at the Holiday Inn, Tongwynlais.
A pictorial quiz of Cardiff landmarks had been sold for £3 each beforehand and the winner, Anne Thomas, was rewarded on the night.
The water tasting was also in the form of a quiz. Members were asked to sample three lots of still and sparkling water, and had to guess what nationality they were – English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, Italian or Swiss. The flavoured water was more easily detected and was all great fun.
There followed a Water Aid quiz of multiple choice questions: What year was Water Aid founded? (1981); Which festival has been associated with Water Aid since 1994? (Glastonbury): How many people in the world do not have access to safe water? (748 million); How many people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation? (1 in 3).
The event raised the worthy sum of £335.
The whole evening made everyone aware of how lucky they are to have such easy access to so much water when 1,400 children are dying daily in Third World Countries due to dirty water and poor sanitation. Donations to Water Aid will be used to buy things like bricks and cement for walls and help communities build pumps to make sure that children get clean, safe water and sanitation for life.
President Jane Percy thanked everyone for their support and hard work in staging the evening, especially Programme Action Officer Marcella Price. She was thrilled with the outcome for such a worthy cause.