Let’s not flush our memory of World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day (19th November) has been and gone quicker than the flush of a toilet – but what an impact it has made.

Designed to raise awareness of poor sanitation in developing nations, World Toilet Day takes over the media to show people how important porcelain potties are for our health.

The day has lingered in the U-bend of public consciousness in recent times, but has flooded into the mainstream this year thanks to a number of high profile supporters.

There was even a competition from charity WaterAid to find the world’s finest toilet joke. Scatological wit flew thick and fast from comedians raiding the clowning cistern, but the winner was coined by Bec Hill:

“For Christmas last year I got given Sudoku toilet paper. It’s useless. You can only fill it in with number ones and number twos.”


While we love a comedian yanking our chain, we’ve decided to get serious about World Toilet Day, producing this infographic to give you the lavatory lowdown.

More than 2.5 billion people around the world don’t own a toilet – a figure that seems almost unthinkable in our country of luxury washrooms.

But this lack of adequate facilities is causing more than a bad smell. More than 500,000 children die every year thanks to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but hopefully awareness of the situation will lead people’s hands into their pockets as they donate cash to charity. Let’s not wash our memories of World Toilet Day away – let’s hope we can make a difference.

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