I have been working for Y Care International for the last year and a half. When we got the amazing news that the UK Government would match every single pound donated to our cause until end of August, I decided that it was time to challenge myself, get my work to the street and do something more for the young people around the world!
How then? Not an easy question but here came Francesco with this idea! Francesco and I love skating... so a skating challenge will be! We'll skate 20 miles across London on August 2nd, and draw a Y like Y Care International, like YMCA, like Youth and like You - because you too can help!
And how Francesco got involved? Francesco, like many, heard so much about the damages and death that Ebola provoked in West Africa through the media. Then the media forgot about the deadly outbreak... but Francesco continued to hear stories from Liberia through my words when I was working to support the emergency response in Liberia and travelled out there in April. Francesco heard the stories of the Young people who helped prevent the further spread of the virus, stories of the YMCA staff's courage and determination working in country, and stories of businesses obliged to close down, children kept out of schools, hospitals too crowded to assist non-Ebola-affected patients, communities suffering from not accessing food as they needed. Yes, because Ebola didn't only mean death and illness but also economy disrupted, schools closed, health care systems exhausted and food insecurity.
And yes, more support is still needed. So we'll challenge ourselves and your donation will make the difference! Thanks in advance for your contribution and check our website out to see what we've done so far and get regular updates.
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Here the route map: http://bit.ly/skating-for-ebola-london
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