THE next Monopoly Moonwalk – called GreatFire350™ - will be on Friday 2nd September 2016.
It will set off from the Bakerloo exit of Elephant and Castle tube station at 9am sharp. From there the early part of the route will alter a little from our annual procession. We will walk along New Kent Road, capture an image at the first Old Kent Road sign we can find and then head along Tower Bridge Road to Long Lane. There we’ll branch left, soon heading diagonally on Bermondsey Street up to Tooley Street. After a short stop at the Brigade bistro, located in the old Tooley Street Fire Station, walkers will continue to and over London Bridge. Once the other side of the river, they’ll take the second turning right into Monument Street.Hoping that the Hydrant comes on board to join the feeling of celebration, there’s a few other dreams we’re hoping for too… namely that the likely Lord Mayor elect will honour us as we toast the re-emergence of the City of London after that fateful day 350 years ago – for 2nd September 1666 was when the Great Fire of London began. We also hope that the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral might join us to sing the ancient rondel: London’s Burning.This spirit of survival against the odds, of revival after the fire, is something that each of our children understands as an individual. Between now and 2nd September 2016 they will have time to mull over how they might somehow depict that personal renaissance intertwined with the rebirth of the ancient City of London.The end of the walk will be after dark (sunset 19h43) and with only a one-day-old moon its sliver of light will not be discernible above the urban glow.
At the time of writing we have not yet confirmed key figures to walk with us. But in 2015 we were so proud that London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson volunteered to walk along with a group of London’s finest Fire Cadets, some dedicated Whitechapel and some Hammersmith fire fighters, a South African potter from Gravesend, a doctor from Camden, a taxi driver from Walthamstow, a lawyer from the City, photographers from Dulwich and Pinner, a book author from Croydon, a nurse from Hampstead, a British law student from Johannesburg, a French law student from Paris and a teacher of Ancient Greek from Northwood among others.
Please increase our diversity and make 2016 the year that we cover not only the significant costs of arranging microsurgery in the UK for some of our youngest children, but also the year where we can complete funding for an international architectural competition for a paediatric burns hospital to serve sub-Saharan Africa.
The walk is about 13 miles (20 km) long. You don’t have to walk the entire route, though the children do. The objective is to take a “selfie” at each Monopoly Game street or other key landmark on the board to prove you were there to your sponsors. Ideally these can be tweeted to @ChildrenOfFire as we walk #MonopolyMoonwalk.
Our future ambitions also include – teen burns survivors climbing another volcanic summit in Africa; probably Mt RasDejen in Ethiopia. And another reconstructive surgery outreach to Kinshasa, DRC... (Not because it is easy but because the need is great).
Many people have helped us without charge over the years, including some very warm-hearted super-skilled surgeons. But we have to feed, educate and clothe children. We have to arrange travel to where the surgical solutions are. Please help as much as you can. And be safe in your own lives: Test your smoke alarm every week and buy those you love, a fire extinguisher or a Burnshield or both.
Just To Be
ONE IN THREE of the children that we help has been burned intentionally.
The pain that they have felt is unspeakable.
But long after the flames are extinguished, the pain goes on.
They are disabled by their burns. But more by your stares.
Outside and In.
There is no day when they can forget that they are burned.
No day when society does not avert its eyes. Or look too long. Brutally.
No day when they are not at the receiving end of revulsion. Pity. Cruelty. Tears.
Oh for a day Just To Be.
There are other concerns.
So small. So practical. They could astound you.
Just to have a thumb and an index finger so that a child could hold a pencil.
To have two ears to fix your glasses to.
To have a nose to sniff with.
To have a prosthetic leg that did not chafe your skin raw.
Each child could stand up and shout: “It is not my fault!
“My place of birth is not my fault!
“My nationality is not my fault!
“I am human just like you.
“I want to walk, talk, laugh, run, smile, learn, grow, give, just like you.
“I am a member of the human race.
Let me return to it as your equal.”
There is life after the fire.
WHY walk 13 miles around London for Africa’s burned children? Or part of the way? Or sponsor a child?
There are massive tragedies and atrocities daily in our troubled world.
And being burned is one of the most devastating of them all.
Children of Fire need your help.
Just To Be.
To join the walk on Friday 2nd September 2016 , email email@example.com
Phone 0208 868 2967 or 077 11 02 3116
Donate to: Children of Fire, Barclays Bank, East Kent Branches,
Sort Code: 20-17-92 Account: 90103330.
If you are walking, please set up a Just Giving Page. We can tell you how.
Follow Children of Fire on:
This is the website of the sister charities:
Children of Fire International
(registered in England and Wales, Number 1088785) and
Children of Fire
(registered in South Africa, Number IT121180/98).
The charities co-operate to help young survivors of burn injuries (whether by fire, chemicals, electricity or hot liquids) in Africa and to help and educate the communities in which they live, providing both prevention and cure. Some aspects of the Johannesburg School for Blind, Low Vision and Multiple Disability Children are also covered here as the GDE-registered school provides tuition for children awaiting surgery.
Contact Office Assistant: Lungisani Hlongwa for details.
58 Auckland Avenue, Auckland Park 2092, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Tel: 011 726 6529 (international dialling +27 11 726 6529 )
Fax: 011 482 4258
MAIN charity email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
53 Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 3TJ
Tel: 0208 868 2967 / 077 11 02 3116