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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Paul Glastonbury bound with toilet message

TOILETS can often prove to be in big demand at a major music festival like Glastonbury.

But at this year’s event, Paul Hyles from Dumfries will be telling how they can save lives in developing countries.
Heading to the festival with WaterAid this summer to promote the charity’s #ToiletsSaveLives campaign, Paul said: “I’m really proud to have been selected to represent WaterAid at Glastonbury.”
The 49-year-old Scottish Water employee will be one of 470 WaterAid volunteers working at the composting toilets on site this later this month.
Paul said: “I’m really looking forward to doing my bit to raise awareness about Water Aid and the great work, water and sanitation are a basic human right.
“Access to safe water and improved sanitation really can transform lives.”
He added: “This will be a great opportunity to get fellow festival-goers thinking about the realities of life without safe water and toilets and to help engage thousands of people in a cause I feel passionately about.”
Paul has firsthand experience of the important role toilets play in developing countries.
Having supported WaterAid for 15 years and been a Water Aid rep for the last two years, he had the humbling experience of visiting Zambia to see the charity’s work.
Last year world leaders made the first ever commitment to provide clean water and safe toilets around the world.
Paul and his fellow WaterAid volunteers are hoping to gather more than 40,000 signatures at the Glastonbury Festival for WaterAid’s #ToiletsSaveLives petition, calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to explain how he plans to turn this promise into a reality.
This weekend, Paul and his colleagues will take on a running challenge in the Lake District.
To follow Paul’s experience at Glastonbury 2016 visit his blog www.wordpress.com/paulhyles, and Facebook page www.facebook.com/paulhyles

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