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Merit Travel Group partners with WaterAid Canada for Second Year

2017 campaign focused on health clinics in Tanzania.

TORONTO – October 6, 2017 – Merit Travel Group is looking forward to continuing to support WaterAid Canada, and their efforts to bring clean water to select communities lacking access. The second annual campaign is aimed at raising awareness in support of their project in Tanzania. Through a three-month fundraising initiative, which commences October 2017, the goal is to help improve water and sanitation at health clinics in this East African country.

The decision to support the Tanzania: Deliver Life Program, follows a successful 2016 effort, which saw over $100,000 raised for Ethiopia’s Clean Water for Schools project. The funding enabled the WaterAid team, and local residents, to install toilets and provide clean running water in eight schools in Ethiopia.

“It’s easy to see how WaterAid Canada is comprised of a passionate team, dedicated to solving a big problem with simple solutions”, states Louise de Grandpré, Chief Operating Officer, Merit Travel Group. “We enjoyed our experience last year, and were extremely happy with our contribution. Once again, we are dedicated to being an extension of their team, joining together and being part of the solution.”

This year, campaign efforts will support WaterAid’s Tanzania: Deliver Life Program, which seeks to improve water and sanitation conditions at twelve rural health clinics. Merit Travel Group will not only launch a number of company-wide fundraising activities, but is also committed to donating a percentage of revenue during the campaign period.

Ms. Nefertiti Saleh, WaterAid Canada’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, says “Tragically for one in five babies who die in their first month in the developing world, just being washed in clean water and cared for in a clean environment by people who had washed their hands could have prevented their untimely deaths. Through this support, Merit will help improve the water and sanitation conditions at health clinics in Tanzania and will change the birth stories for thousands of mothers and their babies.”

For more information, visit www.wateraidcanada.com, follow @WaterAidCanada on Twitter, or at www.Facebook.com/WaterAidCanada.

About WaterAid
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraidcanada.com, follow @WaterAidCanada on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraidcanada.

About Merit Travel Group
Merit Travel Group is a speciality travel company established in 1991 by Michael Merrithew and Louise de Grandpré. Now one of Canada’s largest independent travel companies with offices across Canada, Merit Travel services more than 350, 000 Canadians each year across their speciality brands; Merit Travel, Travelcuts, MeritBiz, Merit Loyalty and Exclusive Tours. Merit Travel Group is jointly owned by the Merrithew Family and Tokyo-based, H.I.S. Co. Ltd., one of the largest global travel networks.

For more information on the campaign please contact:

Nefertiti Saleh
Corporate Partnerships Manager
WaterAid Canada
613-230-5182 ext 227
nsaleh@wateraidcanada.com
media@merit.ca

Luisa Pannozzi
Marketing Director
Merit Travel Group
416-364-3775 x 4216
luisa.pannozzi@merit.ca