My “Zoe Challenge” Walk – 2014 – for Hope for Justice

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What it’s about:

Hope for Justice – have challenged their supporters, to help them clock up a total of 12,416 miles – the distance from the North to the South Pole, by doing sponsored walks up and down the country.  They call this their Zoe Challenge 2014 and hope to raise around £125,000 to fund specialist investigators, lawyers and aftercare staff.  As they work to fight against slavery, and trafficking in the UK.

Zoe Challenge–2014

 

Our walk in the Lakes will be around Rydal Water, and more of a pleasant family stroll, with about 1/2 the party being under 10, and with 3 under 3’s, there sure to be a lift or two offered by parents.

Should you wish to help support us, please give whatever amount you feel at this justgiving link.

A donation is not necessary, but perhaps you could share or tweet the link too.  Anything that helps raise the awareness and the profile of the issue of human trafficking, is support to those that are trapped and subject to such exploitation. 

Thank you.

LifeKids– “Dish Out The Money” – The Charity Single

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“Dish Out The Money”  – is a charity single done by +LifeKids Manchester  (children and children’s groups leaders) from LifeChurch Manchester – supporting 3 great charities which all have a connection with LifeChurch Manchester , involved in various communities and projects.

All well worth supporting!

Read more about what they do below.

LifeKids Manchester–Dish Out The Money

The Charities supported are:

City Centre Ministries (CCM)

The aim of CCM is to reach out to the marginalized in our city with the love and compassion of Christ. We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that is the message we take out on a Wednesday and Saturday night.

City Centre Ministries

 

Hope For Justice

Hope for Justice is an anti-human trafficking organisation working to uncover and abolish the hidden crime of modern-day slavery.

Hope For Justice–Every Good Father

 

PepAids

PEPAIDS’ mission is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and to raise awareness, both within the affected communities and internationally, of the issues surrounding poverty and HIV/AIDS.

PepAids

Tearfund–NoChildTaken

Tearfund has a new campaign to highlight (again) the on-going issue around child trafficking.

#NoChildTaken

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Here are a couple of videos they have produced to high light the issue, and the activities they are doing to prevent it.

No Child Taken-Tearfund

 

Office Kids–Tearfund

 

Play your part to prevent this happening.

How has the Web changed things for parents? – a video from Switched On Families

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This video was posted recently on Youtube and on the Guardian website here.

This was originally created as part of the Virgin Media group’s actions to support consumers, particularly in the use of the web and digital media.

So they created the Switched On Families resource:

Switched on Families is about giving parents clear, honest, useful (and sometimes even fun) support to make sure your family gets the best from the web.

…and covers information for parents on all the big digital issues like who to trust, digital addition, what to share, and how to play nice online. This information is filtered by child development stages and also features videos with families talking about the choices they’re making online.

Well done to Virgin Media for making this available.

[Disclosure – I’m not a Virgin Media customer – just a parent appreciating this helpful resource]

Education, Education, Education – Hmm, Hmm, Hmm

 

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“Education, Education, Education” a slogan made famous by Tony Blair at the 1996 Labour party conference .

(“Ask me my three main priorities for government, and I tell you: education, education, education.” – 1 October 1996, Labour party conference speech)

Now some eighteen years later, there are still struggles we face to get the balance right around personal and private choice.

Perhaps you feel strongly about an area of your personal privacy or choice being removed or gradually eroded?  Then don’t acquiesce, and allow such regulations and restrictions to become the unchallenged norm in your culture, and lifestyle.  Now more than ever, individuals have the options to speak out and challenge these issues and campaign for redress.

For example write to your MP via Writetothem

You still have choice, to stay quiet or to speak out – use it wisely!

BigChurchNightIn – Manchester

The BigChurchNightIn event (1st of 2) in Manchester tonight! (22nd Nov 2013)  (Looking forward to it loads!)

 

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It’s taking place at !Audacious Church Manchester, and will feature the !Audacious Church Band, and headline acts from Martin Smith and Leeland.

Here’s a video preview of the event:

BigChurchNightIn 2013–Martin Smith & Leeland

 

Martin Smith is of course well known as the lead singer from the group Delirious?

Leeland are a Christian rock band from Baytown, Texas

Here are a couple of my favourite tracks from Leeland:

Leeland – I Wonder

 

Leeland – Carry me on your back

There’s also the 2nd BigChurchNightIn event on the 5th of December – which features Stuart Townend and Philippa Hanna – so there’s another opportunity to catch some great music!