Frequently asked questions

The rules of Learn on the Loo are simple:

  1. Choose what you’d like to learn
  2. Set up a fundraising page
  3. Commit to learning every time you visit the toilet during November
  4. Ask for donations by sharing your progress throughout the month

See the questions below for other Frequently Asked Questions about Learn on the Loo.


What can I learn?

You’d be surprised how many things you can Learn on the Loo. Visit our “What can I do on the loo?” page for ideas and inspiration.


Is Learn on the Loo a fundraising event?

Yes! By registering to take part in Learn on the Loo, you have the opportunity to raise money for WaterAid. Much like shaving your head, giving up alcohol, running a marathon, or growing a moustache, Learn on the Loo is a fun challenge where you can ask your friends to sponsor you. The money you raise helps WaterAid in the work we do providing clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities on earth. Find out more about fundraising by visiting our “How do I fundraise?” page.


Can I do Learn on the Loo with friends?

Yes, feel free to invite your friends to also Learn on the Loo. You can even create Learn on the Loo teams from your online dashboard. You may decide to turn Learn on the Loo into a competitive activity where you try to out-learn your friends. Choose the same learning objective, and check in with one another throughout the month to see who has made more progress. If you choose different learning objectives, you may wish to check the leaderboard regularly to see who has raised more money.

If you don't have anybody to Learn on the Loo with, feel free to join our Facebook group to connect with other participants.


Can my workplace participate in Learn on the Loo?

Yes they can. Visit our ‘Workplaces’ page to learn more about the different options, or email Kevin at to discuss how to get your workplace involved in Learn on the Loo.


Can my school participate in Learn on the Loo?

Yes they can. Visit our ‘Schools’ page to learn more about the different options, or email Kevin at to discuss how to implement Learn on the Loo at your school community.


Do I have to do all my learning from the toilet?

There’s nothing stopping you from squeezing in some extra learning if you like. Feel free to learn in the shower, learn over breakfast, or learn on the train. If you’re turning your Learn on the Loo experience into a competition, though, we advise you to agree on a few ground rules with your competitors on what you are and aren’t allowed to do.


Where does the money go?

Money raised through Learn on the Loo supports WaterAid Australia. Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. WaterAid helps enable the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty. We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs. We also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised. Public donations support WaterAid Australia’s work in three countries – Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste. When you donate via Learn on the Loo, you also have the choice of making an extra contribution to Funraisin, the website service we use.

Who is WaterAid?

WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation. Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Our vision is a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Find out more about WaterAid by visiting our website at


Does WaterAid run other fundraising events?

We certainly do. Every March, we run two events around World Water Day - The Water Challenge and Walk for Water. The Water Challenge invites Australians to make water their only beverage for the month of March, while Walk for Water is a five-day walking challenge that invites Australians to walk 10,000 steps for five days. You can also fundraise for WaterAid by running your own events at Email Kevin at if you'd like to discuss your fundraising idea with us.