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Taking the plunge

by Michael Ford last modified 06 Nov, 2019 02:49 PM

Looking for something different to do in the run up to Christmas?

Residents across Dorset are being invited to take the plunge and help launch Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal in a sponsored Zip Wire Challenge from Bournemouth Pier.

As churches and individuals remember the resilience and strength of Mary in the Nativity story this Christmas, the charity’s seasonal appeal is highlighting how whole families and communities around the world can thrive, if mothers and women are given the opportunity to discover their voice and gifts.

Church leaders and headteachers have been invited to take the leap in the challenge from pier to shore, which was the brainchild of Bournemouth Christian Aid group member Kathy May.

Kathy said:

“I will give a big yell as I launch off down the zipwire to show we are with the many women around the world who have currently no 'voice', little or no power to influence the lives of their families and communities for the better.

“Just a few moments’ bravery and fun on the zip wire and we can make a difference by raising money to empower women and their families across the world to thrive and not just survive.”

The zipwire challenge is taking place on Saturday 16th November at Bournemouth’s PierZip.<

Christian Aid says that 1 in 3 women globally experiences gender-based violence in their lifetime. Approximately one third of married women in developing countries report having little or no say over their own healthcare, and more than 2.6 billion live in countries where rape within marriage is not considered a crime.

Their research shows that more money in women’s hands contributes not only to eliminating poverty but also to better education, nutrition and health outcomes for children and other members of the household.

Christian Aid’s Regional Coordinator for Dorset Fiona Daborn said:

“I love the energy of Kathy’s idea, which is fitting because time and time again we hear stories from around the world of the resilience of women determined to forge a better life for their children.

To take part in the challenge for Christian Aid, contact Kathy on 01202 580112 for a sponsor form.

Other events in support of the appeal this year include Christmas Eve carol singing from 9.30-10.30am on 24th December outside Barclays bank on South Street, Dorchester.

To find out more about the Christmas Appeal or to donate, click here.

In India, £5 could buy a set of clothes for school and £19 could provide a woman with skills training, like tailoring, to enable her to set up a business.

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