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Wannabe Geek

# 31244 10-Mar-2009 11:28
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Innocent   Hi!

I'm volunteering for UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund ) NZ at the moment, helping to spread the word about their month-long Tap Project, which launched yesterday. It runs until 9 April all around NZ, with World Water day on 22 March.


NZ is really lucky to have easy access to clean drinking water, whilst a massive 5,000 children die every day around the world due to water-related diseases. The good news is that the Tap Project offers a really easy way for anyone in NZ to make a life-saving contribution, however small. Just $1 can provide a child with safe drinking water for 30 days.


**The idea is really simple**: when you visit a participating restaurant or cafe, just pay $1 or more for your usual glass of tap water - something we all take for granted. The money collected will go to UNICEF projects, providing safe drinking water for those in need. This year the money will go to specific projects in Laos.


Help us out by spreading the word. There are five easy ways to get involved:


1. Dine out or have a coffee at participating establishments and make a donation whilst there – all venues listed at


2.Make a donation online at or by texting TAP to 833 ($3 automatic donation)


3. Join the Facebook group and help spread the word about the Tap Project  


4.Get schools or workplaces involved, through water-themed events or activities. Free education resources are available to download at


5. Come to our events!

• On World Water Day - Sunday 22 March, local councillors will join a water challenge to coincide with Wellington’s dragon boat festival.

• On Sunday 5 April, an attempt will be made in Auckland to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simultaneous squirting of water pistols.  

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  # 200382 10-Mar-2009 12:55
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Sounds a little spammy to me....

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  # 200387 10-Mar-2009 13:09
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LennonNZ: Sounds a little spammy to me....

I agree but we have discussed this post and due to the OP not benefitting from it and a legitimate charity being involved, we are going to let it slide.

This is not setting a precedent, such decisions are and will continue to be made on a case by case basis.


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  # 200390 10-Mar-2009 13:13
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No good to me, I only drink wine and beer when I go to a restaurant Cool

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  # 200397 10-Mar-2009 13:39
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Thanks guys!

Just to confirm, my post was not intended as spam.  As you rightly say, we're not benefiting from this - the money is going to a worthy fact I'm giving up two weeks of my time unpaid to help support it!  Do try and take part - it's just kicking off in NZ - over in the US they have been running it really successfully for several years... 

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  # 200419 10-Mar-2009 15:12
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They can bottle the water from Starbucks that's been wasted on these machines:

Not sure if they're still doing it

"Calculated from a flow rate of 10 litres of water a minute, an average figure according to the Christchurch City Council's Waterwise website, each of the dipper wells in the 43 New Zealand outlets uses 7200 litres a day. That equates to nearly 113 million litres a year throughout New Zealand."

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