Anya Whiteside and her partner Steve Hynd are about to cycle from London to Thrupp to raise money for education in developing countries.
The Thrupp based duo have both recently been working in London and are cycling the 125 miles back home in an effort to raise £1,500 for the development charity ‘VSO’. The couple have been offered a two year placement with VSO in Uganda where they will see first hand how the money is spent on education.
The duo are hoping to not only raise money, but also awareness about education in developing countries.
Commenting, Anya said, “When I was growing up I took the fantastic facilities and teachers at local schools in Stroud for granted. I passionately believe that everyone, wherever they live, should have access to the same high quality education that I had in Stroud. I hope to get Stroud’s residents thinking about kids in other countries who don’t have the same opportunities that there own children and grandchildren do.”
Human rights worker Steve added, “Having access to education is a basic human right that sadly is not always realised. In Uganda for example, one in five kids are not enrolled to begin with and then a further sixty six percent will drop out of basic schooling”.
He continued, “Not everyone can give up years of their lives to go and volunteer on the other side of the world. But everyone can help make a difference. By donating money to development charities like VSO you can help kids get the education they need and deserve. We have set up a fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/anya-steve – any donation, from a few pence to a few pounds, really does make a difference”.
Notes to editor.
- ·For further information about VSO see http://www.vso.org.uk/
- ·Photo provided of Anya Whiteside and Steve Hynd on their bikes
Contact: Mobile: Anya Whiteside 07527905560 or Steve Hynd 07583490852
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Human rights activist, Steve Hynd, is soon to embark on a speaking tour where he will be talking about his experiences from his time in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Hynd, 26, has just arrived home after spending 5 months in the West Bank. He was serving alongside participants from all around the world as part of a scheme coordinated through the World Council of Churches.
Commenting Hynd said,
“The last five months have been both challenging and inspiring for me. I have witnessed some terrible human rights abuses but I have also seen ordinary people from both sides of the conflict showing incredible resilience”
“I am hoping to be able to tell the stories of the people that I have met to as many back home as possible. If anyone would be interested in having me speak I would urge them to contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org”
Contact Steve here – https://stevehynd.com/contact/
Notes to editor:
1) Steve went with The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) which brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, EAs campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions. For more information please see http://www.eappi.org/index.php?id=4565
2) Steve has been blogging throughout his time in the oPt, all of the articles can be seen here https://stevehynd.com/category/middle-east/
3) Photo shows Steve with three local boys from the village of Jayyus where he was stationed for three months.