Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson gets Melling charity unde

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with members of the Zuri Foundation who took part in the charity walk.

A Melling charity put its best foot forward as it took part in a marathon Walk Against Crime.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson got The Zuri Foundation walkers underway on the Sefton Central leg of the journey which saw the team trek from Old Roan Train Station to  Ellesmere Port.


In total, the volunteers have walked 215 miles from Southport to Hornsea, following the Transpenine Trail.


The aim of the charity's efforts is to raise money for a youth project in Nairobi.


One walk organiser, Kathleen Scanlan, told Bill Esterson that the charity was working to help young people avoid a life of crime in the Kenyan city.


Kathleen said: "Through dance, football, education and economic empowerment the scheme in Nairobi is changing the lives of over 200 youths. The money raised by this walk will be used to bring 10 dancers to the UK in 2013 to perform on a tour around the UK.


"Lasting links will be built between UK youth groups, such as Toxteth based Unity group who joined the first day of the walk,  and schools  and the youth project in Mathare. Links which will ensure the long-term survival of this group which will help 1000s of young people born into poverty. 


"The walking tour will raise awareness of their work in Kenya but also educate young people in the UK about poverty in slums and how they can actively help reduce it. Linking with UK youth groups and schools will also ensure that the Kenyan visitors realise that life in the UK can also be very tough for people of their own age from disadvantaged communities or backgrounds. 


"The focus is on youth and we hope our walk highlights difficulties faced both in Africa and the UK and how we can work together to bring direct and lasting changes. We are a local charity looking to actively work with our local community."


Kathleen said she was amazed by the level of support the charity has received.


She said: "We are amazed and motivated by the amount of support we have. 


"We have already raised over £13,000. Messages of support come daily from Kenya which keeps me going as my legs are now really feeling the effects.


"We are hoping to make this an annual event, but we do need volunteers to help on this exciting fundraising event and also on the

planning on next year's visit from Kenya. So please get in touch to get involved."


Bill said he was delighted to get the walkers marching on the Sefton Central leg of the journey.


Bill said: "I'd like to congratulate everyone who was involved in this massive feat and very worthy cause.


"The walkers I met at Old Roan Train Station were in very good spirits even though they had walked all the way from Southport the day before and they were hoping to get to Ellesmere Port that day.


"It was a tremendous event with a tremendous amount of money and awareness raised for a very good cause.


"I would have joined them on the walk myself if it hadn't been for my ruptured achilles tendon. Maybe next time!"

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