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Georgie Forshall

My long walk for street kids in Africa

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My story

[p]On 27th June, I will be embarking on a five week journey by foot in aid of the Romilly Forshall Foundation, a charity that supports street children in Africa.[/p] [p]My cousin Romilly died in 1999 aged 14. The charity set up in her name helps to improve the life of street children. Since her death it has helped to set up a shelter in Naivasha, Kenya, built three dormitories, and two class rooms. Most of its resources now contribute to Friends of Street Children in Kitwe, Zambia. [lt]br /[gt] [lt]br /[gt] The life of street children in a town like Kitwe, near the shanty towns around the copper mines and the boarder with the Congo is brutal. Rape, murder, beatings, drug abuse, and prostitution are the common lot of street children. For girls there is often no choice but to buy protection with sex. Friends of Street Children is the only effective street child project in Kitwe. Its role is vital to them. Staff visit the streets during the day and night and provide a presence and a link to a safer world. Street children can stay at the shelter, in the dormitories built by Romilly, while they are reintegrated in the education system and their families, if they have any family. The Zambian government only pay for children to go to school up to year 7. One of the best ways to keep children off the street is to get them into school and Friends of Street Children have to pay for some of the children to go to school. The finances of the shelter are fragile but the work they do is vital for these children. [/p] [p][lt]br /[gt] Support them by sponsoring me on my long walk here! I will following the Camino del Norte through to its final destination, Santiago de Compostela. In total it is approximately 825km of hilly, often mountainous terrain along the northern coast of Spain. I will be starting at the French border town of Irun, passing through the Basque Country, Cantabria, and Asturias until finishing my travels in the region of Galicia. Although this route is not as well-trodden as the Camino Frances (running parallel, inland), Pelegrinos have been walking it for centuries and are well looked after by the local people. On some days, the nearest hostel may be over 30km away but on average I’m expecting to walk 25-30km daily.  I have some Hemmingway to keep me company and a bumper pack of compeed patches![/p] [p]Romilly's charity is very small. Its administrative costs are minimal and it pays no European or UK salaries.[lt]br /[gt] [lt]br /[gt][/p] [p]Romilly's Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission no. 1082605. You can read more about it here  [url=http://www.romilly.org/]http://www.romilly.org[/url][/p] [p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

01 Aug 2016

Charity

Romilly Forshall Foundation

Romilly Forshall Foundation

Supporters

04-Oct-2016

Lettice

Well done Georgie

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

21-Sep-2016

Tim and Lizzie

Well done Georgie! Tim and Lizzie

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

20-Sep-2016

Tansy & Andrew

WELL DONE GEORGIE. Inspirational.

30-Aug-2016

Peter and Laura

Congratulations on a great achievement

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

23-Aug-2016

Anonymous

With love from all your friends at Webmart

£100.00

08-Aug-2016

Deidre Chambers

Well done George! Murial would be proud! P.S your a cute giiiirl xxxxxx

£10.00

08-Aug-2016

Anonymous

£100.00

06-Aug-2016

Tom F

Well done Georgie! Top effort!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

01-Aug-2016

Anonymous

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

30-Jul-2016

Anonymous

£220.00 plus £55.00 Gift Aid