Clean water provided for Pakistani families after Rochdale fundraiser

Date published: 27 February 2020

Nine water pumps have been installed in Pakistan, after a youth fun day at a Rochdale barber’s salon raised over £1,000.

Barber Waqas Sultan, 22, hand-delivered the funds raised himself, after seeing the conditions there first-hand.

He said: “I am keen to help poorer people in the world. We have provided families with good clean water in the slums in Pakistan. Big thanks to all who donated towards and supported our cause.”

The pumps will provide 10 families with clean drinking water, vitally important as 21 million people in Pakistan don’t have access to clean water.

Experts have predicted that Pakistan could run out of water by 2025, and as many as 30% of all diseases there are due to poor water quality.


Children with a water pump in Pakistan, provided by Waqas and his customers
Children with a water pump in Pakistan,
provided by Waqas and his customers


Hundreds attended the fun day at Biggy’s Barbers, Ashfield Road, last September, which was organised by the All4Youth organisation. The day saw live music, charity haircuts, a barbecue and also a ride on a buggy.

Based in Rochdale, All4Youth aims to take youths off the streets and into a place of safety. The organisation also provides support and guidance to those suffering from mental health issues, drug/alcohol addiction, bullying, depression, anxiety, and more.

Waqas added that there are plans for a similar event at his shop soon.

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