After being named a top-10 fundraiser for WaterAid in Canada last year, Dahlia Salon is set to raise more money this year for clean water in Madagascar.
“We are so excited to launch our Water Aid 2017 Campaign and kick off Earth Month!” said Candace Braaten from Dahlia. “Last year we were able to provide 335 human beings in Madagascar clean water for life.” The Dahlia team, along with community supporters raised $8375 toward the project.
Girls in Madagascar walk six kilometres every day just to retrieve contaminated water. The girls are vulnerable to attacks from wild animals and even human predators. Many drop out of school because there are no private toilets. Diarrhea caused by dirty water and bad sanitation is the second biggest child killer worldwide. Many children don’t live to see their fifth birthday, Braaten says.
Last year, students at the Venture Heights School in Martensville joined Dahlia in raising funds for WaterAid. Grade seven students walked six kilometres in solidarity with girls in Madagascar.
“This year, Warman Community Middle School is working with us to raise funds – the entire school of 600-plus students,” said Braaten. “They are thrilled to help others in need. We cannot wait for them to do the six-kilometre walk with us!”
Dahlia’s 2017 WaterAid Campaign kicks off Earth Month. “We can never express enough gratitude to our community and all of our guests and friends for last year’s efforts,” said Braaten.
Dahlia hopes for that kind of support once again for this year’s campaign. As a salon, they are a major consumer of water and they’ve chosen WaterAid as a logical way to give back.