BIG-HEARTED fund-raisers pulled on their walking shoes to raise money for orphans.
A group of Wearsiders did a sponsored pier to pier walk and raised more than £900 for the Fatima Centre, a charity which cares for orphaned children and abused women in Africa’s Malawi.
Michelle Reeves, 33, organised the 7.5mile walk from South Shields Pier to Roker Pier and was thrilled with the amount they managed to raise.
The Grindon woman, said: “My uncle has lived out there for 19 years and was telling us all about the orphanage which he runs. I just wanted to do something to help. I do support a lot of charities, but this was the first charity event I have organised myself.”
Sponsorship from family and friends raised £464 and Fusion call centre, where Michelle works, agreed to match the amount.
Michelle said her Sunderland-born uncle, Colin Parker, 47, went to work in Malawi after leaving the Navy, and said almost all his money goes on feeding the orphans.
She said: “I was really pleased with the amount we raised, I wasn’t expecting that much. It’s great.”
The Fatima Centre is an organisation working for abused women and orphaned children with the aim of changing their lives and helping them to become self-sufficient members of their society.
It provides the children with long-term care, which includes basic needs, healthcare and education and a sanctuary for abused women where they can acquire skills in farming, carpentry, sewing, and baking to regain their confidence.