Charity walks width of Gaza Strip to help women into higher education

MEMBERS OF a local charity put their best foot forward to walk from Marsden to Uppermill to raise money to enable women in Gaza to access higher education.

Around 40 members and supporters of Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund tackled the seven-mile walk last month.

WALKERS: The group on their journey

Kathy Brooks, a spokeswoman for the group, explained: “We chose this route as the distance is the same width as the Gaza Strip.

“Our freedom to walk through our countryside is in sharp contrast to the fact that 1.8 million people in Gaza are unable to freely leave ‘the Strip’, an area of land just 25 miles long and 7 miles wide.”

Some supporters also completed a sponsored ‘read’ while some ran in the Morrison’s Great Manchester Run, altogether raising £2,500 for women’s education.

Together with groups in Sheffield and Bolton the group now supports 37 women in higher education in Gaza.3c2e5871ada7748d1672cdc4c31ca994

Kathy added: “There is widespread poverty in Gaza and people’s living conditions have deteriorated as a result of the attack by Israel last summer.3c2e5871ada7748d1672cdc4c31ca9943c2e5871ada7748d1672cdc4c31ca994

“Education is a ‘luxury’ that most families cannot afford. Further education helps women support their families and communities.”

Anyone interested in supporting Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund can email: or find them on Facebook.

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