LifeStraw director Rob Shackleford demonstrates his faith in the device which will be on its way to Fiji next week.
LifeStraw director Rob Shackleford demonstrates his faith in the device which will be on its way to Fiji next week. Kari Bourne

Mark on a Straw thing for health

EVERY day 6000 people, most of them children, die from waterborne diseases.

For $30, you could provide a child with clean drinking water for almost three years.

LifeStraw is a personal water filter that makes dirty water safe to drink and next week Suncoast Fitness director Mark Stitt, Buderim Rotary and LifeStraw Australia will send 150 of the devices to Fiji.

"We are looking at 20 villages in Fiji, most villages have 20 to 50 people and we can give them clean water for three years," Mr Stitt said.

"We hooked up with Nandi Rotary in Fiji to identify the villages most in need.

"Long term we would like to see fewer deaths in the South Pacific. When you see children dying, it's not right."

Waterborne diseases kill more people than AIDS or malaria, and globally one billion people do not have access to clean water.

LifeStraw director Grahame Orpin said the alternative to LifeStraws was to install wells, but these cost anywhere between $5000 and $15,000 and were often contaminated anyway.

"LifeStraws can give you clean water for half the cost and half the effort," Mr Orpin said.

"It helps to lift people out of poverty because they are able to work.

"One of the main problems in third world countries is that people have to preserve their energy because they're sick so often."

The LifeStraw comes as an individual unit, or as a LifeStraw Family filter pack.

Visit lifestraw.com.au to find out more.

POTENTIAL LIFESAVER

Filters viruses, bacteria, parasites and dirt from fresh water to .02 micron

Filters 1000 litres - 1.5 years for an adult or almost three years for a child

The LifeStraw Family filters 18,000 litres - that's three years for a family of five

No power or pump required - it uses gravity



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