19th September 2001




A member of staff at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is getting ready to trek through India to raise money for ChildLine.


Learning Adviser Oonagh Capel will join 30 other walkers in the ChildLine Overseas Challenge Trek through the Himalayas from 9th to 20th March 2002.


In order to take part each walker must raise a minimum sponsorship of £2000 for the charity which provides a free 24-hour helpline for children in trouble or danger.


“I decided to get involved with the challenge because I wanted to raise money for charity as well as have an adventure in a different culture at the same time, ” said Oonagh.


“I chose ChildLine as I wanted to help a children’s charity and because they offer such a unique service to children with all sorts of problems.”


Esther Rantzen, the Chairman of ChildLine, comments: “Every day 15,000 attempted calls are made to ChildLine, but a lack of funds means that we can only answer 3,500.”


“I would like to thank everyone who has chosen to take part in the ChildLine Overseas Challenge to India. Their efforts will help even more lonely and often desperate children in Lincolnshire and across the UK to reach the comfort and support that a ChildLine counsellor can provide.”


Anyone wishing to support Oonagh should contact her on 01522 886078 or by e-mail ocapel@lincoln.ac.uk


For further information about the Overseas Challenge please contact Debbie Brown on 0207 239 1019.


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

e-mail: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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