Next Wednesday, the 29th August, RESULTS friend and partner Anne Wafula Strike, the first ever East African to compete in a Paralympic wheelchair sprint, will be taking part in the Paralympic torch relay in central London. Anne will be carrying the torch at around 10am close to the entrance to London Zoo in Regents Park. A group of us from the office will be going along to cheer her on, and we’d love for others to join us. If you’re interested, get in touch with Felix in the office.
Anne is taking part in the relay on behalf of another charity she works with, AbleChild Africa, and she will be joined by several other friends of the charity, including Shikuku Obosi, who spoke at the RESULTS National Conference in 2011, and Fred Ouko, Director of ANDY (Action Network for the Disabled, a Kenyan organisation that our new Campaigns Manager Dan worked with in his previous job).
Anne, Shikuku and Fred were all affected by polio as children, and faced severe discrimination and a hard fight to get access to education. Anne has been working with RESULTS over the last few years, campaigning for the UK Government to ensure that their aid to education addresses the widespread discrimination against disabled children. She was the speaker on our most recent conference call, which you can listen to here. Our August grassroots action is to get newspaper coverage of Anne’s story, calling on international leaders including David Cameron and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to do more to prioritise education for disabled children. If you would like to support the action, please contact our office.
Hope to see you at the Paralympic Torch Relay next week!