A marketing industry fundraising tournament has today committed €17,239 of funding to two Akvo water and sanitation projects. The projects are being showcased as a great example of project and fund matching at Stockholm World Water Week, the world’s most important annual conference of water and sanitation development experts.

The organisers of the TAPPS Strandvolleybal.net have chosen two Akvo projects to fund with the proceeds of its upcoming weekend event, to be held on 23 August.

Govert van Eerde, the tournament organiser and himself a successful Dutch internet businessman, chose to channel funds into Akvo projects because it was possible to assign the funds to specific projects.

“I love the Akvo system – it’s easy to follow and easy to identify projects you would like to fund,” he explained.

The tournament is funding this €12,539 project in Ethiopia, to provide six small villages with 35 rainwater harvesting systems, 35 latrines, and to educate children and women about water and sanitation. The local field partner is ERHA and the support partner is the RAIN Foundation.

It is also contributing €4700 to this €13,500 project to build latrines for a community of 2500 people living in a refugee camp in Burao, Somaliland. This provides essential funds to unlock a grant of €8,800 from Aqua for All.

Now in its ninth year, the TAPPS beach volleyball tournament is the Netherlands’ biggest outdoor online media event. It brings together teams from across the Dutch internet media industry to raise money to provide clean water and proper sanitation to those who have none. This year’s tournament will be held on the Dutch coast on 23 August 2008. More than 1,000 online media professionals will descend on the picturesque beachclub location of ‘Het Stranhuis’, in Wijk aan Zee.

They will represent over 80 companies. Teams pay €1,250 to play, and €250 from each is donated to Earth Water (more on them here). The two organisations are able to choose where to invest the funds, along with 50% of all of the sponsorship raised for the tournament. TAPPS anticipates increasing the amounts it can commit to Akvo projects during the next two years. The first cheque, for €18,000, will be presented this weekend.

You can follow progress on the projects here and here.

Updated by Mark on 5 May 2009 with new branding – TAPPS Strandvolleybal.net