This year, we gave our Steps to Peace champions the opportunity to choose their own fitness challenge. Supporters walked marathons, completed mini-triathlons and hiked mountains in support of peacebuilding.
In Kashmir, a group of journalists and peace and environmental activists, led by our partner Mohammed Arif Urfi, completed a two day hike in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. They passed the Line of Control, one of the most militarised regions of the world, which divides territories administered by India and Pakistan. During their journey they also spoke with people along the route about the negative impacts of climate change and conflict on everyday life.
Elsewhere in the world, The Canterbury Soroptimists walked 2.5 miles for peace, ending in the Peace Garden in Canterbury, and our staff in London and Melbourne completed walking tours of their respective cities.
All money raised through Steps To Peace is going directly to our Peacebuilding Response Fund to provide flexible funding for peacebuilders. So far this fund has raised £14,552.
Melody Moore, Conciliation Resources' Fundraising and Outreach Officer, said:
“It was great to see people all over the world getting involved, and coming up with their own individual challenges. Peacebuilders are needed now more than ever, and the money raised will have a real impact - enabling us to support peacebuilders to adapt and respond when crisis strikes. Thank you so much to everyone who took on a challenge, or donated to Steps to Peace.”
Just £50 can provide training to 30 young people in northeast Nigeria, helping them to anticipate insurgent attacks and prevent violence from breaking out. You can still contribute directly to our Peacebuilding Response Fund.
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