An extensive fund-raising project by the Co-operative Pharmacy has seen the organisation raise over £100000 for UNICEF in an attempt to help poverty-stricken village communities in Togo improve standards in sanitation and hygiene.
In total 309 village communities in the west African country will be able to use the funds raised for UNICEF by the Co-operative Pharmacy which has now reached £500000 over three years to build a new system of toilets. A charity dinner at the Banqueting House in London generated £101000 for the cause.
“The Co-operative Pharmacy chose to support the Togo project in 2010 as we share UNICEF’s view that investing in the wellbeing of children is one of the surest ways to tackle global poverty” said John Nuttall managing director of the Co-operative Pharmacy.
“Sanitation and hygiene are the starting points for the success of almost all other development programmes undertaken by UNICEF. Having visited Togo last year I have seen first hand how simple solutions are often the most impactful and how they can help to drastically reduce child mortality. The Co-operative Pharmacy would like to thank everyone who has supported us with this project so far.”
Martin Bell UNICEF UK Ambassador who spoke on behalf of UNICEF at the dinner said: “It’s fantastic to be here to share some of my experiences of supporting UNICEF. Together UNICEF and the Co-operative Pharmacy are making real differences to children’s lives in Togo.
“With the extra money raised we’ll be able to do even more to ensure that all children in Togo have access to clean sanitation and a better healthier future.”