RACE ACROSS TWO CONTINENTS – AFRICA EQUIP
In June this year a team from Warrior Doors – Sarah Murray, Gage Walsh and Brett Barratt – successfully completed the Great Midlands Fun Run. They were all taking part to raise money for Africa Equip, a charity founded in 1997 by Warrior Door’s Managing Director, Brett Barratt.
Africa Equip is currently engaged in a number of projects on the ground in Africa, all of which offer young people practical opportunities to develop their skills in business, entrepreneurship, collaboration, teamwork and confidence. However, Africa Equip is chiefly known for its unique way of providing resources for its projects – inside a giant shipping container.
Our Warrior team’s marathon achievement mirrors that of some of Africa Equip’s young project partners, seven thousand miles away. Just a few weeks after the Midlands Fun Run, the sixth annual Slum Run, the brainchild of 17-year old FRANCIS Ssuna was held in Uganda.
One set of runners sped through the leafy lanes of Royal Sutton Coldfield and over the gentle hills and fields of Sutton Park, Europe’s largest urban green space. The other set of runners sped past the Acholi Quarter displaced persons’ camp, a shanty town housing 10k people on the outskirts of Kampala. Despite the obvious differences, the money raised from both will all go to benefit the projects and young people that Africa Equip supports.
Currently, Africa Equip has a compact recording studio in a shipping container which is close to completion. This will be finished and shipped on a journey of 16,000km by sea and land, ending up at the inland port of Matsapha in Swaziland. Here it will provide a resource and potential source of income for a choir composed of blind young people which Africa Equip supports.
To find out more about the work of AFRICA EQUIP, and how you can help, visit africa-equip.org