In an effort toraise funds and awareness fortheSaartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and ChildreninCape Town,Safm’sNancy Richards,presenter ofOtherwise,is undertaking a challenging and inspiring walk. From Monday, May 21,Richards started her journey covering around 320kms of the Camino inSpain.She was joined by her friend, Odette Halliford, for the two week challenge. Domestic and gender-based violenceis a sad reality in our society. This is why places like the SBC are vital in helping those who really need it. The Centre helps asmany women as they can, but a lack of funding is threatening to close them down. As much as they would like to help everyone who comes to their centre, they are forced to turn away up to 20 women every day. Currently they can provide shelter for only 30 women 50 children. They also offer 24-hour walk in counseling but the need is high and funds are low to keep up with the demand.
The Centre is forced to turn away up to 20 women every day due to lack of funding
The‘Camino de Santiago’is known in English as ‘The Way of St James’. It is a well-known pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela inGalicia, northwesternSpain, where the apostle, St James, was apparently buried.
In 2005, about 94 000 pilgrims completed theCamino, for various reasons. Pilgrims travel by foot, bicycle, horse or donkey. And now Richards and Halliford. If you would like to donate towardsNancy’sWalk for Women, find the details onwww.backabuddy.co.za. Crossing to Richards – June 1, 2012
Crossing to Richards – June 4, 2012
Listen to Synnov Skorge, the Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre, talking about their lack of funding and possible closure.