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23.03.2009 Business & Finance

Guinness shines on world water day

By Daily Guide

Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd. (GGBL) celebrated the World Water Day at its premises in Achimota and Kumasi by organising a sponsored “Walkajoggerthon” (walk or jog) for its staff and key stakeholders on Friday 20th March 2009. 

The driveways of the breweries were temporarily transformed into a track for the event.

The runners undertook several laps (minimum of 300 metres).  Each lap walked or jogged attracted GH¢1. Funds raised will be used to purchase water filters for deprived communities as part of its corporate social responsibility to enrich the communities in which it operates.  

World Water Day is observed around the world annually on the 22nd of March. It is a means to raise awareness and focus attention on the importance of fresh water, especially in Sub Saharan Africa where only 56% of the population has access to clean water.  The theme for this year is, “Shared Water, Shared Opportunities”.

As part of its objectives to enrich the communities in which it operates, GGBL in line with its parent company Diageo Plc is fully committed to providing one million Africans with potable water each financial year till 2015.  The initiative is called the “Water of Life Challenge”.  

Last year, GGBL provided potable water to 150,000 Ghanaians! This year, the company is on track to providing water to 200,000 Ghanaians and drilling is going on in the Brong Ahafo region, Akwapim Ridge, Greater Accra, and Suhum in the Eastern region among other areas.

In a statement read on behalf of the Corporate Relations Director, Edwin Baffour, the Corporate Citizenship Manager said, “This is indeed a significant day as it is a great time to support a worthy cause, keep fit and create the awareness on the importance of water.  We are fully committed to this initiative”.   

Dr. Gyau-Boakye Philip, Chief Executive of Community Water & Sanitation Agency, who chaired the event, thanked GGBL for not only producing drinks but also showing commitment to providing potable water to Ghanaians.

He expressed delight on being part of the exercise and invited GGBL to partner his outfit in supporting a worthy cause. Dr. Gyau-Boakye was accompanied by Pauline Tambro, the PRO and Johnson Acquaye, all of Community Water & Sanitation Agency.

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