On Thursday 18 October £3,400 was presented to WaterAid as a result of a fundraising initiative at Bath Spa University. £1,700 was raised by the Ecumenical Chaplains’ Soup Lunch and presented by final year student Catherine Nagle. This funding was matched by the University and a cheque was presented by Vice-Chancellor Professor Christina Slade.
The Soup Lunch initiative has been running since 2001 and offers students and staff at the University a chance to replace their usual lunch with a quick lunch of a cup of homemade soup, bread and cheese. It takes place in the Students’ Union every Thursday during term time and aims to remind people how lucky we are to be able to drink clean, unpolluted water from a tap and think of those people in the world who are not so fortunate. The money raised by the Soup Lunch initiative over the academic year has been matched by the University every year since 2006.
The Soup Lunch is also a good way for students to have contact time each week with Father Bill, OSM and the Anglican chaplains Jan Knott and Tonya Nixon and the Students’ Union.
Father Bill, OSM, Catholic Chaplain at Bath Spa University said: “The effort of Ecumenical Chaplaincy Soup Lunch is a good example of the concern of Bath Spa students and Bath Spa University for those less fortunate than ourselves. We hope this term will provide another chance to support for WaterAid and the important work they do, bringing help to many”.
WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that aims to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. More information is available at: www.wateraid.org/uk/