Run for Congo Women 3 July…and help women traumatised by the human conflict rebuild their lives
In April psycologist and TV personality Pamela Stephenson who had travelled to Congo last autumn, joined us to Run for Congo women.
Take part in our 10K Run for Congo, in Regents Park, London, on 3 July and help women devastated by the human conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (where 5.5 million have died) to rebuild their lives. http://www.womenforwomen.org/help-women/run-for-congo-women-london.phpl We’re aiming to raise £100,000 in our first year.
Every penny will go to supporting women who have been raped and traumatised in the conflict. They have often lost their children, their husbands, their homes and have been left with no way of supporting themselves.
A year ago in July we launched Run for Congo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MHUtSr1qZcn
Leanne Mascoll, a first-time runner, says “I was introduced to the Run for Congo by a friend and I didn’t really know a lot about the situation in Congo which is insane considering how poor conditions are for women there. I was really shocked and touched by the stories I read. It spurred me on even more.
I’m a student. At first I thought, ‘I’ll do it but I really don’t think I’ll be able to raise that much money because all my friends are students’, but I’ve actually done quite well because I have been on an intense campaign. The more I read about it the more determined I was. It is an amazing, amazing cause, and the fact that 100% of the money that is raised goes directly into the programmes is fantastic.”
All you need to do to take part on 3 July is get on your running shoes on and commit to raising a minimum of £150. This will help fund a woman to take part in our life-changing programme, where we provide counselling, a safe place to share experiences, access to education and training. This helps women rebuild their lives and give them the skills they need to support themselves and their families.
“It’s been a lovely morning and a great way to keep the momentum going. I have been so impressed by everyone’s capacity to give – men, women, friends, and colleagues. I thank them and hope that we have educated more people about the need for work in DRC,” says Danielle Williams.
Be part of the team that helps us achieve £100,000 for our first anniversary. Register today.
When: Sunday 3rd July
Time: Registration opens at 8am, race starts at 9am
Where: Regents Park, London
Registration Fee: £10, (This covers Regents Parks logistics fees and does not go to the women in Congo)
To register email Sophie Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t make it to London? You can still Run for Congo Women by joining a race in your area, or organising your own run with our handy toolkit!