Meet Simon Griffiths the guy who sat on a toilet for two straight days.

More than often we wrap ourselves in the bubble of our life and forget about every other thing going on around us, we sit on our comfortable high horses and go about our business not caring about those suffering or other things that have no direct impact on us or our loved ones. We don’t do ANYTHING to help others or change the world. I bet when you read the title of this post you probably giggled and laughed, truth is I did laugh myself when I read the headlines about this man who sat on the toilet for two whole days but then I read why he did it, and I saw the bigger picture that no matter the means he was doing it he was helping change the world. He got out of his comfortable life (with his university degrees in engineering and economics)  and did something to help others. Moral of the story no matter the way you do it, drop your pride, ego, selfishness or whatever that may get in the way and go out of your way to help someone.

Here is the rest of the story

Sitting on a toilet isn’t the best way to get things done, except for one particular thing, but it was the perfect way for Simon Griffiths to raise $50,000 for his commendable project.

Australian Simon Griffiths is a man on a mission. He’s planning to solve a big part of the world’s sanitation problem by building toilets where they’re needed the most, and he started his big plan by spending two days sitting on a toilet bowl, with his pants around his ankles. You’re probably thinking this guy must be crazy, but Simon is actually a man with university degrees in engineering and economics, who chose to turn his back on a white-collar career in order to try and change the world, one flush at a time. He’s traveled to places where toilets aren’t what you’re used and by sitting on a bowl for 50 straight hours he tried to attract attention and funds to a worthy cause.

His “Who Gives a Crap” campaign is aimed at raising funds for toilets in third world countries where over four thousand children  under the age of 5 die of diarrhoea-related diseases every day. It’s a grim statistic, but Simon hopes his effort will be the unlikely start to a very serious change. But how does sitting on a toilet help solve the world’s toilet problem, right? Well, Simon thought it was the perfect effort to raise $50,000 needed to fund his toilet paper business, Who Gives a Crap. 50% of profits will be donated to Water Aid, an organization that’s going to be sending its experts to build toilets where they are needed.

If you have ever been pressed somewhere there was no restroom around you would actually give a thumps up to this man.



  1. Mark says:

    I am familiar with this group and the campaign, and I love what you did with the whole story, Michael– great essay and thanks for bringing attention to a very big need.

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