Over £1000 raised at Award Ceremony for Charity

  21 November 2017

VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards supported Scotland Lights up Malawi and WaterAid Scotland at their Award Ceremony on 15th November 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa. More than £1000 was collected and this will be doubled through Big Give.

Scotland Light up Malawi:

Scotland Lights up Malawi is a campaign initially developed by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group in June 2014 with the aim of raising funds to support Scotland’s ambitions for climate justice by:

  • investing in solar lights in Malawi.
  • undertaking research into climate justice
  • educating children both in Scotland and in Malawi.

The Problem:

  • Approx 15million people without access to electricity in Malawi alone.
  • Many rely on poor quality & unsustainable light e.g. – candles & kerosene lamps.
  • Kerosene lamps give off toxic fumes and are very dangerous.
  • Av. Min Cost p/w - Candle: 70p Kerosene: £1.50
  • Households living on £1.89 p/w

The Solution:

  • International charity SolarAid – aim to combat Poverty & Climate Change
  • SunnyMoney (SA’s social enterprise) & special projects offer access to those in need to provide affordable, sustainable and clean light.
  • Domestic lighting – impacting living conditions; home cultural; releasing financial burden; improving health and is the 1st step onto the energy ladder.


WaterAid is the world’s leading charity in water, hygiene & sanitation. In the past year, it has brought clean water to 956,000 vulnerable people, toilets to 1.1m and hygiene to 1.6m. Its #Untapped campaign matches your donations pound for pound.

In all of its projects, WaterAid

  • Uses low-cost technologies, appropriate to local conditions
  • Involves communities in planning and constructing their new water supply
  • Provides solutions that are long-term by training villagers in repairs and maintenance
  • Works in partnership with local organisations who are best placed to understand villagers' needs
  • Integrates safe water with sanitation and hygiene education to achieve lasting health improvements

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