Unitywater took out the Sustainable Education Award at the 2014 Healthy Waterways Awards presented at a gala dinner in
Brisbane on Friday night. The winning entry, Unitywater’s World Toilet Day Art Prize, last year saw more than 1000 Year 7 students across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions creating masterpieces by decorating real toilets donated by a local supplier, and a media campaign that reached 530,000 people.
Unitywater’s World Toilet Day Art Prize and education program was designed to raise community awareness about the benefits of sanitation and sewerage services. Students learned about topics such as the global sanitation crisis (where 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet), the urban water cycle and the sewerage network.
Thanks to the support of sponsors, the World Toilet Day Art Prize raised $21,500 for WaterAid Australia, funding the installation of sanitation services for 100 villagers in remote Timor-Leste.
Accepting the award on behalf of Unitywater, Kate Cash said: “This award should really be shared with the many year 7 students whose creative artwork helped educate our community on the importance of sewerage and sanitation. Who knew toilets could be so much fun, and educational too?”