Lunchbox / Soapbox

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at The Wheeler Centre

Adam Laidlaw on Water Aid

One of the biggest untold tragedies in our world is the simple fact that 2.5 billion people still lack safe sanitation; somewhere to go to the toilet, wash their hands and get clean water. We all know that water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental to human development.

Today WaterAid’s Adam Laidlaw reminds us how access to clean water and sanitation transforms the lives of women and girls – and their broader communities – and outlines what’s being done to tackle the global sanitation crisis.


Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speaker’s Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of the most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Portrait of Adam Laidlaw

Adam Laidlaw

Adam is chief executive of WaterAid Australia. He has a wealth of Third Sector experience spanning 30 years. He specialises in international development, social justice, wildlife, conservation and environmental agencies.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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