Fireworks tribute for engineers who fight poverty

Fireworks tribute for engineers who fight poverty

Engineers Without Borders will celebrate a decade of bringing clean water, sanitation and energy to needy communities worldwide as the City of Sydney’s official charity partner for 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve.

The humanitarian organisation has spent 10 years sharing its engineering skills to alleviate poverty in developing communities, from Nepal, Sri Lanka and East Timor, to Far North Queensland and remote Western Australia.

As the official charity partner, the group’s work will be promoted through the City of Sydney’s media and marketing programs, as well as opportunities through the event’s radio, print and television partners.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to celebrate Engineers Without Borders’ first 10 years and looked forward to its life-changing efforts over the next decade.

“These inspiring men and women volunteer their time and skills working closely with local organisations to improve the quality of life in these communities,” the Lord Mayor said.

“And they do it voluntarily because they want to make a difference to people’s lives.

“Their clear vision and robust strategies have helped improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people and have had a lasting impact on many communities.

“The City is proud to celebrate the first 10 years of Engineers Without Borders Australia through this charity partnership and I look forward to seeing this organisation continue its life-changing efforts over the next decade.”

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB Australia) Chief Executive, Lizzie Brown, said it was a great honour to be working with the City of Sydney as part of its 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve festivities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to share our story and communicate the importance of engineering and technology in community development and poverty alleviation,” Ms Brown said.

“EWB Australia has strong support from the engineering and design community in Sydney. We would like to encourage everyone in Sydney to support our work both in Australia and overseas.

“By choosing EWB Australia as its 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve partner, the City of Sydney is helping us deliver humanitarian engineering solutions around the globe.

“In the past 10 years engineers have worked with over 100 partner organisations in nine countries.

“The impact of this work spans from assisting rural Nepali villages to access clean water and electricity, to developing the renewable energy sector in Cambodia and providing engineering education opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Australia.”

Past Sydney New Year’s Eve charity partners have included The Fred Hollows Foundation (2012), CARE Australia (2011) and WWF (2010).

Sydney New Year’s Eve is the biggest public event in Australia, with the 9PM Family Fireworks and Midnight Fireworks seen by about 2.7 million people across Australia. Images of the fireworks over Sydney Harbour are estimated to reach about two billion people worldwide.

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The 2013 Sydney New Year’s Eve charity partner is Engineers Without Borders Australia, a member-based not-for-profit organisation with 10-years-experience in creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering by:

  • Working in partnership to address a lack of access to basic human needs such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene, energy, basic infrastructure, waste systems, information communication technology and engineering education;
  • Educating and training Australian students, engineers and the wider community on issues including sustainable development, appropriate technology, poverty and the power of humanitarian engineering; and
  • Leading a movement of like-minded people with strong values and a passion for humanitarian engineering within Australia and overseas.