Dear Friends,

This Sunday there is a very worthwhile sponsored walk in West London. You can help in one of two ways.

You could sign up to the walk.

Or you could very kindly sponsor me!

Please do give generously as it is all for an extremely good cause and every bit helps. 

It is very easy to donate online


Sunday 17 September 2006

Richmond to Kingston (3.5 or 7.5 miles)

The recent violence in the Middle East has caused immense hardship for children and young people, with some left particularly vulnerable.
Children with chronic conditions such as asthma are having great
difficulty obtaining vital medication and risk being damaged for life.
Disabled children face particular obstacles when displaced, and, due to the conflict, an additional number of children now face the trauma of living with a permanent disability. These children urgently need your help.

On Sunday 17 September a group of volunteers, on behalf of the Karim Rida Said Foundation, a British charity (see www.krsf.org) will hold a sponsored walk to raise funds for children and young people with asthma or disabilities in Gaza and Lebanon.

The walk will follow a scenic stretch of the Thames towpath passing
picturesque West London riverside villages and pubs, woodland, green vistas and places of historic interest such as Kew Gardens and Ham House. You can either start at Kew Bridge (between 10 and 12 o'clock, for the 7.5 mile route) or at Richmond Bridge (between 11 and 1 o'clock, for 3.5 miles). The walk ends at Canbury Gardens in Kingston where,weather permitting, there will be an opportunity for a picnic. The start and finishing points are easily accessible by public transport, bike or car.

What will be done with the money raised?

The Karim Rida Said Foundation will divide the total donations between two reputable, non-governmental organisations in Lebanon and Gaza which are not political or sectarian and which are known for their effective work with vulnerable children.

In Lebanon, the Physically Handicapped Union (www.lphu.org) has been busy distributing food, medicine and disability equipment donated by Oxfam-UK, Christian Aid and others to displaced disabled people. It will use your donation to start reconstructing disability accessible housing and to provide physical and psychological treatment to children and young people disabled in the recent conflict.

Ard al-Insan (Terre des Hommes) a local organisation established in 1984 says the situation in Gaza has never been this bad. Food assistance is being provided by international agencies but medicines are extremely scarce. Battery-operated nebulisers for children with severe and chronic chest problems that will keep working during the long and frequent electricity cuts are particularly vital: if children with asthma do not manage their attacks they will suffer serious damage to their lungs. Ard al-Insan will use your donation to help families who are very poor or have more than one asthma patient.

How can I take part in the walk?

Please send an email to septemberwalk@googlemail.com. Our volunteers will send you an email with information about the walk and the route, how to very easily raise money on-line as well as walking and fundraising tips.

How can I sponsor the walk?

Please go to the Just Giving website (www.justgiving.com). If you want to donate to the Foundation directly, go to the green 'Find a Charity' window and enter 'Karim' which will take you to the Foundation's fundraising site. If you want to sponsor a specific person, type their name into the blue ' sponsor a friend' window which will take you to their page. Donations can be made by credit or debit card from the UK or abroad. If you are a UK tax payer your donation will be automatically Gift Aided, which means that an extra 28 p will be added to each pound donated. If you cannot or do not want to pay on-line, the person you wish to sponsor may accept cash or cheques in their name which they can then enter onto the website.

Are there other ways in which I can help?

Please send this email to anyone who may be interested in taking part in or sponsoring the walk.

We will also need volunteers on the day, including people with first aid certificates or cars; if you are interested to help out, please send an email to septemberwalk@googlemail.com.

I have a question. Who can I contact?

We are happy to answer any further questions you may have. Please send an email to septemberwalk@googlemail.com and our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please consider taking part in or sponsoring the walk. Thank you.

Chris Doyle

CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding

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