GIVE POVERTY THE FLUSH: Alstonville High School Year 8 student Stephen Davenport-Waite sits on the giant toilet, while other students queue up to go. The toilet was at the school to raise awareness of the lack of sanitation and clean drinking water in Third World countries.
GIVE POVERTY THE FLUSH: Alstonville High School Year 8 student Stephen Davenport-Waite sits on the giant toilet, while other students queue up to go. The toilet was at the school to raise awareness of the lack of sanitation and clean drinking water in Third World countries. Doug Eaton

When it comes to toilet humour these kids have it in the can

THERE was plenty of toilet humour at Alstonville High School yesterday.

And it was okay.

The school's staff didn't get bogged down in stopping the kids.

This was serious business.

There was a 2m tall toilet sitting in the playground.

The kids trotted down to the big thunderbox, and were flushed with excitement when they got to sit on the big loo.

The giant dunny was brought to the school by the Alstonville Ecumenical Social Justice Committee in association with the national aid organisations, Water Aid and Micah Challenge, as part of a regional tour.

Spokesman for the local committee, David Brown said the aim of the novel stunt was to raise awareness of the lack of sanitation and clean drinking water in other countries.

And the figures of those affected are enough to send anyone to the water closet.

Mr Brown quoted World Health Organisation and UNICEF figures that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, and around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

With a squirt of $500 million a year, the Australian Government could help an additional 8.8 million people around the world gain access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and better hygiene," he said.

Year 8 student Stephen Davenport-Waite happily uses his flushable toilet in Alstonville each day.

When you have to go, you have to go, and he said he takes it for granted he can use a toilet.

He said he was "very surprised" to learn how many people in the world died as a result of not having clean water and a sanitation system.

He said he would think more about saving water after having his turn on the giant throne at the school.

world's longest toilet queue

THE giant toilet will be at Alstonville Plaza next week from Tuesday to Saturday, September 24-28.

On Friday, September 27 at 11am, an attempt will be made to form the world's longest toilet queue at the Plaza.

Locals are encouraged to get in line - but, make sure you go before you do.


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