Recent Waterloo Graduate joins WaterCan's National Ambassador,
Ben Mulroney on KILIMANJARO CLIMB FOR LIFE Raising Awareness about Global Water Crisis

The Kilimanjaro Climb for Life—scheduled for October 12 to 26, 2012—will challenge brave Canadians to scale Africa's renowned mountain, which towers 19,341 feet above sea level.

Joining eTalk's Ben Mulroney in the climb is Waterloo resident and recent UofW graduate Erin Roberts, who will be using this opportunity to mark the beginning of "the rest of her life".

Erin's passion for water sustainability and water management issues is evidenced through her studies. Having focused her thesis on water governance, she is extensively aware of the challenges facing communities that do not have access to a clean water source. "Clean drinking water and sanitation are basic needs for humans to live. Besides the air we breathe nothing is more fundamental to our very existence than clean drinking water." With the goal of eventually pursuing a career in the field of water quality management, Erin hopes to use this time to see first-hand how lives and communities are transformed when they have access to safe drinking water.

Erin has always wanted to return to Africa, the continent where she once lived, and is excited by this opportunity to give back. "WaterCan's impressive track-record and excellent reputation made the decision to join this initiative an easy one for me," she says. Erin is reaching out to her community for support in raising $5,000 towards WaterCan's fundraising goals. All travel expenses are paid by climb participants, so every penny raised through Erin's community outreach will help to support WaterCan's efforts to provide communities in eastern Africa with access to clean drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education. With the immense support of her friends and family and driven by her passion Erin will be ready to conquer Kilimanjaro this fall, making this an experience she will never forget.

Worldwide, nearly 1 billion people continue to lack access to clean drinking water, and a further 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation facilities. This is one more the most lethal, yet solvable, crises affecting the developing world today. At any given time, half of the world's hospital beds are occupied by people suffering needlessly of water- and sanitation-related disease, and 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die of diarrhea each year, more than will die of AIDS, measles and malaria combined.

Erin Roberts and Ben Mulroney join a team of 23 Canadians on this extraordinary journey up Kilimanjaro. Says WaterCan Executive Director, George Yap, "This team—comprising industry leaders, TV personalities and adventurous concerned citizens—will serve as an inspiring example of Canada's global reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking nation."

Through WaterCan's mobile fundraising initiative, people can text H20 to 45678 to make a onetime donation toward the campaign. Or visit Erin's Personal Fundraising Page at


Since 1987, WaterCan—a Canadian charity—has been working hard to remedy the frequently overlooked water and sanitation crisis. More than 780 million people worldwide lack access to clean water, and a further 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation. With the help of generous Canadians, WaterCan introduces sustainable, long-term water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to communities in need. In the 25 years since WaterCan was founded, more than 1.2 million children, women, and men in the world's most impoverished regions have gained access to clean water through WaterCan's programs—a key step in the process of building healthy and efficient communities.

Andrea Helfer
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