A SELFLESS charity worker is bidding to build four water wells in poverty-hit Pakistan - and wants at least one to be dedicated to the support of people in Hartlepool.
Sarah Gate, 25, has first hand experience of the desperation suffered from youngsters and families in parts of Pakistan, some who have never tasted clean water.
The former Manor College of Technology student was an aid worker in the country during the horrendous 2010 floods – and is going back later this year with the intention of changing people’s lives.
Sarah, who also studied at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, is running the BUPA 10k in London, in May, with the aim of raising at least £1,000.
That money will all go towards paying for clean water wells in the country, which cost £250 each.
But she is hoping to raise at least £250 from people in Hartlepool so she can get a plaque put on the side of at least one of the wells, stating that it has been donated by the people of the town.
“Even one water well will make such a big difference,” explained Sarah, who lived in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, but now works for the Human Relief Foundation, in Bradford.
“There are families who have to walk for miles in the search for clean water, if they don’t find any then they just have to drink dirty water.
“But the children don’t know the dangers of drinking dirty water, many will just drink out of puddles because they don’t know any different.
“But to have the wells there would be amazing for them.
“For the parents to know that their children can walk just 200 metres and have clean water, it means everything to them.”
Sarah says it only takes three days to construct a well so as soon as she knows how much she is going to raise she can give the go-ahead for work to get underway.
Dedicated Sarah is also hoping for support from businesses in the town. She has already received donations from Idols and Odd Bar, both in Church Street, and £578 has already been raised on her JustGiving page.
To support Sarah and to donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/sarahandsoph or email firstname.lastname@example.org.