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Slum Challenge

posted 1 Nov 2011, 08:58 by Julian Garner   [ updated 1 Nov 2011, 09:07 ]
1 Nov 2011.

On the 28th and the 29th of October eleven young people were sponsored to live in boxes for 20hrs.They raised about £300 for the Karen Action Group and had a chance to be cold and hungry for a while and to learn about a tiny bit about what it's like to sleep rough.

They started off by building somewhere to sleep using boxes and some old polythene and only ate rice. They also had to compete and haggle to get any extras - like blankets or extra food. Cardboard boxes aren’t that comfy and it was very cold in the church, so not much sleep was had! 

David Lewis came and gave an excellent talk about the Karen - it was both challenging and inspiring to hear about the lives of the Karen. The following morning Peter led a great bible study which enabled us to think about what it means to be a Christian in a world where there is suffering and poverty and homelessness. Then we everyone went home a little hungry and rather tired... and hopefully challenged and having learned something and a bit more appreciative of the blessings that we've been given.

This event wouldn't have happened with out the hard work of Tony, Lucy, Peter and David! Thank you! And a massive well done to the young people for raising so much money and taking part!

Vicki Highet