Tap Project: Dirty water

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  • UNICEF Tap Project Dirty Water vending machine
  • UNICEF Tap Project Selection of contaminated waters illustrating the various water-borne diseases UNICEF is working to eradicate.
  • UNICEF Tap Project Users could donate cash or make payments through their mobile phone.
  • UNICEF Tap Project This activation also targeted the local New York Hispanic community
  • UNICEF Tap Project The vending machine was located in the busy Union Square

UNICEF's ongoing Tap Project continues to use ideas to communicate its simple but important on-going mission.

During World Water Week (March 22-29, 2010), visitors in the Union Square Park area were able to sample the taste and benefits of Dirty Water. Available in a wide variety of choices like malaria, cholera or even typhoid, Dirty Water was not a new edgy designer brand but a way of bringing the realities of the world water crisis to every day New Yorkers.

A specially customised vending machine dispensed murky discoloured water in various appealing "flavours", as campaign staff tried to persuade onlookers to part with their cash in return for "contaminated" water.

Unsurprisingly, while the many people chose to pass on the contaminated water, they did choose to donate money to the Tap Project fund, either by putting money directly into the vending machine, or by text donations.

This eye-opening Dirty Water initiative from Casanova Pendrill New York, went beyond the usual collection strategies for Unicef with this unique street activation, that shocked the local public who encountered the event.

This effort was part of a much bigger pro-bono Spanish/English campaign that Casanova Pendrill executed within Unicef´s Tapproject.org. This is first time the campaign expanded specifically to a local multicultural audience. The activation secured $500,000 in donated media including TV spots, radio, OOH, web banners and events.

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UNICEF Tap Project

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United States
April - April 2010
Casanova Pendrill
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