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Bucks pair 'walking against racism' today

Jade and Rufus are fundraising for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:00am 20th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks pair 'walking against racism' today

Two friends will be started their charity walk in Bucks today.

Start from Chesham Station in Buckinghamshire and walking to Rickmansworth station in Hertfordshire, two friends are 'Walking Against Racism'.

On May 25th George Flloyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis after an officer knelt on his neck for 9 minutes.

This was caught on video and caused a wave of protests, demonstrations and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jade and Rufus were inspired to organising this fundraising walk to raise Money for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was founded following Stephen's racially motivated murder in 1993.  It is dedicated to giving underrepresented and discriminated young people a voice, and supporting them with career goals. 

Jade explains:

"This is something we both feel passionate about. A lot of what SLCT work to improve are experiences that we've had to go through.

"The reason we chose this group is particular is because of the incredibly work they do with young people, so disadvantaged young people. They help young people over come discrimination  and disadvantage and find a good career.

"They have some many programmes to help young people thrive in both academic and social areas of their lives and this is something we felt is so important to improve.

"It's been so encouraging to see the coverage and even hearing people talking. One of the most important things about this movement is talking and having conversations that might be uncomfortable.

"If this manages to bring some of those conversations to light I think we've kind of succeeded in what we wanted to do."

Jade and Rufus set their fundraising goal at £300 which they hit within an hour.

They then raised it to £500 which was hit within a few hours.

Now their goal stands at £2,000, which is enough to cover the cost of providing four students on their Building Futures Programme with a mentor for a year.

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