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


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


“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’ 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.


BigChurchNightIn – Manchester

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



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!

HopeforJustice– Happy 5th Birthday!

Happy Birthday and Congratulations to HopeforJustice for another great year!


Here is their “Hope News” celebratory video:

Hope News–Nov 2013

From HopeforJustice

This month we’re celebrating 5 years of rescues and lives restored! We’ve changed the lives of over 200 modern day slaves and started to build a rescue network that will leave perpetrators nowhere to hide!

Here’s to many more rescues!

Link to last years note

Anti-Slavery Day (2013)

This video has been released by HopeforJustice on Anti-Slavery Day to high light the on-going issue that needs our support.

Every Good Father–Anti-Slavery Day (2013)


Raise awareness of this brutal crime and join the fight to end modern day slavery.

Just share this simple and powerful tale of one man falling into devastating exploitation.

Success of Unearth the Truth campaign (Tearfund)

We Unearthed the Truth

This is great news and shows the impact of campaigning and lobbying to increase the transparency of accounting for natural resources companies.

With over 40,000 actions from supporters, Unearth the Truth has been an amazing campaign to be a part of – and it worked!

On 12 June, the European Parliament passed new laws to fight corruption in the oil, gas and mining industries, with the potential to release billions of pounds to tackle poverty.

After months of hard work by MEPs, MPs, NGOs and campaigners, the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives were formally accepted in the European Parliament in June. As a result of this new legislation, extractives companies must now ensure that they publish what they pay on a project-by-project basis for extractive projects over 100,000 Euros, which will mean that local communities can track mining in their area and that there are no exemptions for any company.

This will have a huge impact on citizens living in developing countries, who will now be in a better position to hold their officials in Government to account for the ways in which they spend natural resource revenues.

Watch the video:

We Unearthed the Truth

Highlights from Big IF London – June 2013

On Saturday 8 June 2013, tens of thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally. They were there to make a massive noise in demanding that G8 leaders – meeting in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2013 – take action to tackle global hunger and save the lives of millions.

Speakers on the day included Bill Gates and Danny Boyle amongst others…

Here are some video and photo highlights of the event.

Big IF London: Tearfund
Big IF London: thank you
Big IF London–installation timelapse

A video of why this action is needed and should be supported:

Big IF Belfast–15th June 2013


The next event took place on the 15th June in Belfast, where the G8 leaders meeting was held. Lets pray and hope that the clear message sent to the G8, from people of all ages and from all parts of society, is taken on board in word and action.

The IF response summary to G8 session was:

Sally Copley, Enough Food For Everyone IF spokesperson, said:

“Today’s G8 tax deal is a step in the right direction, but it also leaves major unfinished business.” 

See more at: IF G8 Response