WHAT’S Tamworth Regional Council deputy mayor Russell Webb up to?
He’s hamming it up as part of a world-record attempt on Saturday during LifeFest for the world’s longest toilet queue.
The world-record attempt was jointly conducted by Compassion Australia and Micah Challenge, a world-aid type of organisation, one of the organisers of LifeFest, Fusion chairman Howard Barnes, said.
But as well as a humour-filled stunt, it was held to create awareness of the lack of water and proper sanitation in countries around the world.
The stunt aimed to draw attention to the 780 million people around the world who live without access to safe drinking water, and the billions who do not have decent sanitation, Compassion Australia representative Simon Massey said.
“Unhygienic toilets result in millions of deaths each year, from diarrhoeal diseases, which are the second-biggest killer of children around the world, to cholera – and even parasite infestations,” Mr Massey said.
The giant loo’s Tamworth stop was part of a national tour to raise awareness, he said.
“The Australian government has committed to helping halve, by 2015, the proportion of people in the world who don’t have safe water and basic sanitation,” Mr Massey said.
“Around 3000 children die every day from preventable causes related to dirty water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene.”
Mr Barnes was unable to say whether the world record had been broken – but he said the two-metre-high loo certainly attracted plenty of onlookers.
Cr Webb said LifeFest was a “fantastic event”.
“It was just so well done,” he said yesterday.
“It’s just so good, the way they engage the youth.”