CAP Fundraising Challenge
At a recent CAP Conference Angela and Mel, the centre’s manager and administrator, spun the challenge wheel for a fundraising initiative. Angela landed on going without shoes for 20 days. “That seemed manageable and something to identify with poverty” she said. With squelchy rainy streets, gravel driveways, and of course watching out for glass and filling the car in a petrol station, “There’s more to this barefoot lark than just cold feet!” she said, “We really want to do our bit to raise funds to build CAP across the UK, and CAP Highland Perthshire, extending this essential, lifechanging charity to be available to everyone who needs us” Angela’s challenge runs from 3-23 October.
Mel will be dressing up for three weeks in November; a totally different challenge altogether.
Mel explained, “Just like Angela I was worried about getting something I just wouldn’t be able to do. I didn’t want to say the word ‘can’t’, but swimming 20 miles was impossible for me. Even living on £1 a day within a family of 5 and a busy working week seemed unworkable too. But then it landed on 20 days of fancy dress! I gave a sky punch. Being involved in ‘amdram’, dressing up is something I love, but I also knew it would draw attention and give us a chance to explain why.”
CAP Highland Perthshire provide a debt counselling and debt management service to remote and rural Perthshire. As Angela told us, “CAP is different because we don’t see debt simply as a money issue but about people, about families and feelings, about mental and physical health, isolation and exclusion. Some of our clients are in work and debt has come about because of life events that could happen to almost anyone: relationship break-up, business or investments failure, unemployment or ill-health”.
“With CAP debt help isn’t about whittling down a sum on paper; it’s holding someone’s hand without judgement and walking the journey with them: about feeling cared for, restoring self-esteem and helping our local communities become more resilient in an age of cutbacks in all sorts of public sector services.
The Highland Perthshire Centre works in partnership with Aberfeldy Parish Church in order to provide debt services to anyone in need, regardless of faith, gender, race, background or sexuality. CAP’s dedicated head office staff negotiate with creditors on the client’s behalf and draw up a workable budget while a volunteer support team make sure each person paying off debts or going through insolvency is supported both practically and emotionally.
If you need help with debts or would like to attend a CAP Money course, visit capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006
If you would like to sponsor Angela or Mel for the 20forTwenty challenge contact 07513 652597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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