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The Ultimate Packing List and Tips

by Natalie Simpson |

Here at Scrubba we're put together the ultimate, and we mean ULTIMATE, packing list and tips with the help of a few of our favourite travel bloggers. We've covered everything from, a curated packing list, managing your money while travelling, how to pack efficiently, our favourite travel tech and accessories and a few helpful questions to ask yourself before, during and after your packing process. Hopefully we can make the dreaded task of packing a whole lot easier.


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We are gearing up to fund a USD10,000 well project in Ethiopia and you can help.

by Ashley Newland |

Following our USD15,000 donation to charity: water in June to plumb a school water system in Bangladesh, we are gearing up to fund a USD10,000 well project in Ethiopia.

We plan to donate up to USD10,000 to charity: water by the end of December 2014 to fund the Ethiopian well project and you can help us hit this target without even opening up your wallet. 

Here is what we will donate for your actions:

USD1.00 - If you like us on Facebook*

USD20.00 - If you send us a photo of you using the Scrubba wash bag on your travels or at home** 

USD75.00 - If you send us a video reviewing the Scrubba wash bag or showing all the steps**

Photos can be posted to our Facebook page or sent to comps@thescrubba.com.  Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the link sent to comps@thescrubba.com.  

The situation in Ethiopia

In the last few decades, Ethiopia has faced fierce famine, drought, political instability and war. Peace has returned but the nation remains developmentally weak and more than 50 million Ethiopians don't have access to safe water. Most rural families survive on less than five liters of water per day and walk up to four hours to collect it from open sources.

This charity: water project will involve the construction of new drilled wells in the Tigray region.  These deep wells typically supply more water than hand-dug wells, but the projects are more expensive as they require heavy equipment, fuel and larger teams of skilled technicians. The well project we are looking to fund will provide an on-going supply of safe water to around 250 people in the region.

*Facebook likes are calculated by the number of new Scrubba Facebook page likes.  This promotion started with 25,900 likes.

**By sending us a photo or video link you are providing us with the right to reproduce the photo or video on our website, the website of our collaborators or on marketing materials. 

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Our $15,000 donation now has twice the impact in Bangladesh

by Ashley Newland |

Back in June, Calibre8 Pty Ltd (aka the Scrubba wash bag) donated USD15,000 to charity: water to fund the plumbing of a school water system in Bangladesh that will provide clean water and vital hygiene and sanitation training to the students and 750 people in the neighboring area.

USD15,000 becomes USD30,000

While the project isn't due for completion until late 2015, we just received an update from charity: water informing us that an anonymous donor has matched our donation, which means that USD30,000 will now go to water projects in that area, providing on-going water and sanitation for around 1,500 people in need.

Managing director of Calibre8 Pty Ltd, Ash Newland said of the project: "Our donation of USD15,000 to the Bangladesh water project was our first of many substantial charitable projects that we have planned and it was only made possible by our loyal supporters and social media fans, which is why we consider the project to be theirs.  Not only does the Scrubba wash bag help our supporters pack lighter and travel cleaner, but they know that their support helps those in need".  

"For an anonymous donor to come forward and match our donation is amazing. It means that the contribution by the Scrubba wash bag (through Calibre8) will have twice the impact and assist even more people in need" Newland said.

The next project

We are pleased to announce that we are gearing up for another water project this year and details will be announced shortly.  You can stay up to date about the latest news by following us on Facebook or signing up to our newsletter. 

 

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Scrubba donate $15,000 to provide drinking water to a school in Bangladesh

by Ashley Newland |

Access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation saves lives in developing countries and can help education and the local economy.  The team at the Scrubba wash bag are pleased to announce that they have donated USD15,000 to charity: water. The donation will fund the plumbing of a school water system in Bangladesh that will provide clean water and vital hygiene and sanitation training to the students and 750 people in the neighboring area.

The team at the Scrubba wash bag would like to thank all our customers over the last 2 years and everyone who supported our recent social media campaign where we committed to donating $1 per new Facebook like and $20-$100 for photos and videos sent to us by our supporters.  The following are a handful of our supporters who sent in photos of themselves using the Scrubba wash bag:

     

"This donation of $15,000 will be first of many significant water projects that the Scrubba wash bag will support in the near future" said managing director and patent attorney Ash Newland. "The current project will take 18 months to complete and we will provide updates on the project as it moves forward.  At the end of the 18 months, we will be able to provide photos and GPS coordinates of the project". 

If you wish to support a similar project to this one or find out more about where our $15,000 donating is going, head to charity: water.

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A picture is worth more than 1000 words…

by Ashley Newland |

It’s worth safe drinking water for Khan and his school friends in Bangladesh!

The Scrubba wash bag team are donating up to $15,000 to charity: water to provide safe drinking water for up to 750 people in Bangladesh and you can help!

All you have to do is:

  1.     Take a photo of yourself using the Scrubba wash bag or holding it somewhere cool (maybe on your travels or somewhere near your home);
  2.     Post the photo on our Facebook page or send it to comps@thescrubba.com before June 26 2014 and we will donate $20 (that’s safe drinking water for one student)
  3.     Ask your friends to like the Scrubba wash bag Facebook page. For every new ‘like’, we will donate $1 towards the project.

 This is how easy it is to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to one child in need:

  

The project will provide an ongoing supply of clean and safe drinking water for around 750 people as well as training in water and sanitation hygiene. With 16% of people in Bangladesh lacking access to water and 42% lacking access to sanitation, this project will be vital to the school and nearby communities.

The Scrubba wash bag is the world's most portable washing machine and it has helped travelers all around the world travel lighter and cleaner.  It is the best way to wash clothes when camping, traveling or backpacking.  The Scrubba wash bag team are also committed to helping those in need, particularly those without access to one of the most basic human needs: clean drinking water and sanitation.

This campaign runs until 26 June 2014.  For each suitable photo received before this date, the Scrubba wash bag will donate $20.00 to charity: water towards this project.  For each new Facebook like (the campaign started at 19,849 likes), the Scrubba wash bag will donate $1.00.  By submitting a photo, the submitter confirms that they have the copyright to the photo and provides us with permission to use the photo on our website and social media. 

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