Bournemouth EchoVital charity needs help to keep life-giving water flowing (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Poole charity needs help to repair water plant which supplies fresh water to hospital

Bournemouth Echo: Reverend Alan Clarredge Reverend Alan Clarredge

A FUNDRAISING drive has been launched in Poole to prevent hundreds of hospital patients in Zimbabwe, many of them young children, from dying every day.

Poole reverend Alan Clarredge has been working for years to ensure medicine and water purification systems are available in Zimbabwe’s rural hospitals, clinics and orphanages.

Through his Poole-based Rivers of Water charity, the reverend – of Rossmore Gospel Church – has travelled to the African nation on mercy missions, in particular to the Mpilo Central Hospital.

But the water purification system he installed at the rural hospital 12 years ago is coming to the end of its operational life – so he needs to raise £8,000 to ship out and install another one.

“After my visit earlier this year I have obtained a quote for a replacement machine that will give 200 gallons of pure water an hour and will save the lives of at least one hundred people a day,” said Rev Clarredge.

The last time he was in Zimbabwe, earlier this year, Rev Clarredge discovered the hospital’s water system was only producing 35 litres a day.

The new one he is proposing would supply 3,120 litres daily.

The reverend, who treated Zimbabwe’s first lady Sally Francesca Hayfron while working as a medical technician in Zimbabwe throughout the 1980s, explained that 200 people including young children depended on the hospital each day.

He added: “The town water supply in February was off three out of four days.

“The plant, which once supplied over 300 gallons a day, now supplies less than 22 gallons over an eight hour period, and the storage facilities cannot hold sufficient to meet the needs of these desperately sick children and adults.”

He is now asking for donations to help him install the new system, which will be shipped out in September before installation in early 2015.

If you can help visit riversof livingwater.co.uk to donate.

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3:48pm Mon 23 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

Mugabe is supposed to be very rich,ask him.
Mugabe is supposed to be very rich,ask him. pete woodley
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8:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

I agree with the comment above.
I agree with the comment above. Isosceles
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9:44pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Peroni says...

What charity's do you give to that you know all the money goes to the problem ?
Lot of good causes , but even the poppy appeal only 10% goes to the appeal the other goes towards 6 figure salaries .
I think they should show how much of each pound goes to the root problem and what goes to Administration of the charity.
Iam not knocking the Rev , but you see so many people asking for money and it just funds handsome wages and so little goes to the cause .
What charity's do you give to that you know all the money goes to the problem ? Lot of good causes , but even the poppy appeal only 10% goes to the appeal the other goes towards 6 figure salaries . I think they should show how much of each pound goes to the root problem and what goes to Administration of the charity. Iam not knocking the Rev , but you see so many people asking for money and it just funds handsome wages and so little goes to the cause . Peroni
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5:21pm Tue 24 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

Peroni wrote:
What charity's do you give to that you know all the money goes to the problem ?
Lot of good causes , but even the poppy appeal only 10% goes to the appeal the other goes towards 6 figure salaries .
I think they should show how much of each pound goes to the root problem and what goes to Administration of the charity.
Iam not knocking the Rev , but you see so many people asking for money and it just funds handsome wages and so little goes to the cause .
good comment
[quote][p][bold]Peroni[/bold] wrote: What charity's do you give to that you know all the money goes to the problem ? Lot of good causes , but even the poppy appeal only 10% goes to the appeal the other goes towards 6 figure salaries . I think they should show how much of each pound goes to the root problem and what goes to Administration of the charity. Iam not knocking the Rev , but you see so many people asking for money and it just funds handsome wages and so little goes to the cause .[/p][/quote]good comment pete woodley
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