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HEALTH AND SANITATION 55 << Continued from page 53 able to create and innovate better solutions to these problems than the ones that we have at present. My audience would also encompass individuals of all genders, races, and financial capabilities, as water is something that we all share, something that is truly universal to our survival as a species. I would primarily utilise the most widely used social media platforms, which are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On Facebook and Twitter, my goal would be to create posts or tweets daily that would illustrate the sides of the issues in the industry, possible solutions to these problems, and inspirational quotes from people who have pioneered water and sanitation technology. Trivia questions and other fun content would also be included to draw the attention of the youth. Infographics illustrating various water systems, interesting histories on sanitation practices, and statistics on global usage and access to water would also be created and displayed on these social media platforms. Links to IWSH and other pertinent organisation websites would be added on these pages so that individuals may further read on these topics. On Instagram, I am envisioning a photo gallery of possible actions that the youth can take to save water and promote sanitation in their own homes. For example, I can upload graphics or real photos that show simple ways of conserving water, such as making sure that closed taps don’t leak, or to take short showers instead of filling up the bathtub for bath time. I would ensure that the quality of these graphics or photos would be exceptional, so that others may be inspired to do their part, as well. Secondly, for my fundraiser, I am envisioning an Amazing Race style of an event, wherein families or different teams can participate to get different prizes and goodies. Before the event, there would be a short seminar series, where different speakers in my local community can talk about water and sanitation topics, as well as foundations like IWSH. In this ‘Amazing Race’, there would be different stations that would all fall under the theme of the proper use of water, sanitation, and hygiene. For example, a possible station could be a puzzle-type game that involves connecting different sanitised pipelines while avoiding contaminated and badly maintained ones. Another possible station could be water pong, but in addition to the goal of trying to get a ping pong ball into the cup, the teams must also minimise the amount of water that splashes over their cup, or prevent any of their cups from spilling over. In the end, the families or teams that have garnered the highest number of points would win a banner, and a congratulatory message on the aforementioned social media accounts. Through these two strategies — having a social media drive, and starting a fundraising event — I can hopefully spread and promote the advocacies for which IWSH and other organisations are continuously endeavouring: clean water, sanitation, and hygiene for all. I also hope that through these activities, I would further learn the skills that are needed to further an agenda and to reach out to other individuals from different backgrounds. As water is universal, connecting us all as human beings, I also hope to be a leader in the future who will bring people together and improve the lives of those who need it the most. PA August 2018 Volume 24 I Number 6