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Sittingbourne teacher tries to flush away poverty by twinning toilets with loos in the third world

History teacher Andrew Ball has joined the revo-loo-tion to help flush away poverty - and wants you to join his campaign.

Mr Ball from Sittingbourne, says for £60 you can get the smallest room in your home, office or factory twinned with another toilet in the third world.

In return, every toilet-twinner gets a certificate to hang in their loo complete with a photograph of their overseas twin and GPS co-ordinates to look up the loo on Google Maps.

Sittingbourne teacher Andrew Ball came up with the idea
Sittingbourne teacher Andrew Ball came up with the idea

Mr Ball said: “There are 2.3 billion people in the world who don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet.

“We take it for granted that we have running water and flush toilets.

“If you twin your toilet, your money will help change entire communities forever.”

The history teacher from Sittingbourne Community College, now renamed The Sittingbourne School, in Swanstree Avenue, has been working since 2017 to turn Sittingbourne into an official toilet twinned town.

He said: “I got the idea from Holy Trinity Church. Four of its toilets were twinned. I thought it was brilliant and twinned my own toilet at home.

“It is a bit of fun but with a serious side.

“Then I realised whole towns could be toilet-twinned with businesses, schools, churches, community groups and MPs taking part.

“My first success was getting the sixth-form block twinned with another school in Kenya using money from one of our charity days.

“Then I got our staff toilets twinned with money from a World Cup sweepstake.

Could you twin your toilet with one in the third world? Stock image
Could you twin your toilet with one in the third world? Stock image

“I have convinced friends to get their loos at work twinned and even MP Gordon Henderson has agreed to have his toilet twinned.”

Mr Ball, 39, a father-of-three from the Sonora Fields estate, said: “All I need is to get some publicity and then Sittingbourne will get its certificate.”

We think he is clean round the bend but we are happy to help.

The cash goes to a subsidiary of the Tear Fund charity to provide education about sanitation to communities in the underdeveloped world to keep themselves disease free.

To twin your toilet call Mr Ball on 01795 472449 (ext 263), email him at andrew.ball@swale.at or visit the website www.toilettwinning.org

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