Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, announced on July 7, 2010 that it has donated $35,000 worth of bottled water to Project Water, a volunteer organization that distributes bottled water to those living on Greater Toronto Area streets who suffer from dehydration during the Summer months.
Project Water will distribute bottled water to more than 160 social service agencies over the next few months that work with the homeless and needy in Toronto and across the GTA. Agencies that receive the water include the Salvation Army, the Canadian Red Cross, Street Health Bus, St. John Ambulance, the Scott Mission and the YWCA.
Nestlé Waters Canada will deliver 209,664 bottles of water to Project Water–having since 2006, donated more than 644,064 bottles of water to the organization valued at $110,000.
More homeless persons die on the streets in the Summer due to dehydration than in the Winter due to hypothermia, explains Project Water founder Jody Steinhauer.
“Dehydration amongst those living on the streets of Toronto is a major health crisis in our community – and we are very pleased that, once again, Nestlé Waters Canada has stepped up to the plate,” says Steinhauer. “Our volunteer efforts in support of those who live on the streets of Toronto would not be possible without the generous donation of bottled water and staff time by Nestlé Waters Canada.”
John Zupo, president, Nestlé Waters Canada adds: “We are proud to be associated with Project Water through the donation of our products and the donation of time by our employees, especially when it is directed towards the support of such a vulnerable segment of society.
“Bottled water is the best antidote to dehydration for all human beings when they are out of-home. Bottled water plays a key role in the continuing health and wellness of those who do not have access to potable water because they are homeless.”
Established in 2000 by Steinhauer, president, The Bargains Group, Project Water is a volunteer organization that evolved in response to the dehydration health crisis that the homeless who live in the Greater Toronto Area face during the summer months. Since its inception, Project Water has distributed more than one million bottles of water to more than 160 frontline agencies in the GTA. For further information, please visit www.projectwater.ca.
For further information on Nestlé Waters Canada visit www.nestle-waters.ca.