May 23, 2011

Thomsen Airways Raises Funds for Pump Aid with Bottled Water Sales

Charity installs water pumps in villages in Africa

Thomson Airways announced that in just three years, sales of Thirsty Planet bottled water have raised more than £142,000 towards Pump Aid, a charity that aims to provide clean water for underprivileged communities. In this time, Pump Aid has built more than 4,000 Elephant Pumps, bringing water supplies to an estimated 350,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thomson Airways first started working with Thirsty Planet in November 2007 and has since sold millions of bottles of its water. For every bottle of Thirsty Planet water sold onboard, five pence is donated directly to Pump Aid. This money is used to help people living in some of the poorest communities in Africa to gain access to clean water, funding the digging of wells and the installation of easy-to-maintain water pumps in more than 200 villages in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

"We'd like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this extremely worthy cause. This incredible achievement is only possible because of their generosity,” said Carl Gissing, director of customer services for Thomsen Airways. “Hopefully, initiatives like World Water Day will draw attention to the work of charities like Thirsty Planet and mean that even more people can be helped."

Pump Aid was founded by three teachers, Ian Thorpe, Amos Chitungo and Tendai Mawunga, who were living and working in rural Zimbabwe. After witnessing many of their pupils and friends become ill and die from unsafe drinking water, the teachers took it upon themselves to find sustainable water solutions and better sanitation provisions for their local communities.