Tuesday, 4 October 2011

15 October – Afternoon of Events to Mark UN Day for Ending Extreme Poverty

Surrey Heath Coalition Against Poverty (SHCAP) are running several events to mark the United Nations day for ending extreme poverty.

Every year, October 17 marks the UN Day for Ending Poverty. This year SHCAP are organising two local events on Saturday 15 October in the run up to the UN Day, to raise awareness of poverty in Surrey Heath and worldwide.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath will be present as local historian John Clarke  leads a guided walk to the paupers graves area of Brookwood cemetery. John will tell the story of how these graves represented the largest burial ground in the world during 1850, and were used to bury the dead of London, sent on a train from a special terminal at Waterloo station. This event runs between 1.45pm to 4.30pm from the Visitor Centre Car Park, Brookwood Cemetery Glades, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood GU24 0BL.

Later in the afternoon, there is an opportunity to get creative in an all age workshop to explore poverty both locally and internationally. No artistic talent needed, come along and have a go. There will be refreshments, a group art activity, and a helium balloon release. This event runs from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Frimhurst Family House, Guildford Road, Frimley Green GU16 6NU.

Tish Mason from SHCAP says about the day: “It’s not about fund raising, it’s just being aware about issues of poverty. We try and raise the profile of local organisations who are working to campaign and help people living in extreme poverty”.

So come along, learn something new, and have fun!

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