Start360... Does the Zambezi

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White Water! Hippos! Camping! Bugs! 

A team of 16 Start360 staff will be saying ‘Yes Please’ to all of the
above and so are heading to Zambia in October to take on the Zambezi
River challenge.

The team will row over 100kms down the mighty Zambezi River, enduring harsh, hot and humid conditions while paddling traditional dugout canoes and inflatable kayaks towards Victoria Falls. Finally they will be met with the daunting prospect of rafting below the Falls in the notorious Batoka Gorge, the most tempestuous white water rapids in the world. 

Why are they doing this? To raise money for Start360! At Start360 we help people to help themselves by putting them at the centre, because we believe change starts here. We are one of Northern Ireland’s leading charities providing services to young people, adults in prisons and families. Our services cover the areas of health, employability and justice.

The money raised will help us to deliver more services to more people. It will help us to provide safe and welcoming places for our clients and our staff. It will help us to provide additional services such as play therapy, family residentials and diversionary activities.

Kirsty is 27 and from Belfast. She says, ‘My biggest worry is coming face to face with a crocodile or a hippopotamus!’

Ronan, 33, from Ardboe, is less concerned – ‘I always like a challenge and it’s a great fundraising opportunity for the organisation. I don’t really have any worries – I’m really looking forward to it.’ 

Start360… does the Zambezi will help to change the lives of the people taking part and the people we work with. Change really is starting HERE for these intrepid explorers!

So how can you help?

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Donate on your phone - Text ZAMB36 £10 to 70070 to donate to Start360 and make a difference today (using JustTextGiving by Vodafone).

If you can help by running or supporting an event, providing corporate sponsorship, donating raffle prizes or in any other way, please contact us on 028 9043 5810.