Charity abseilers will be plunging 60 feet from the roof of the Strand Shopping Centre to raise funds for The Children’s Centre MOBEX Project. The challenge, on Saturday February 16, will see the fundraisers tackling the highest indoor abseil held on the Island and participants will be given expert guidance from The Children’s Centre’s MOBEX team. There is no age limit for taking part, but anyone under the age of 16 will need parental consent. The abseil costs £25 and anyone can turn up on the day to have a go. Places can also be reserved by calling the charity’s fundraising team on 676076 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Since it was set up in 2000, the MOBEX team have worked with young people from all backgrounds who, through adventure activities and creative projects, are able to discover new abilities to succeed in their lives and deal with the issues that adolescence and early adulthood bring. The key principle of MOBEX is experiential learning – that is enabling young people to learn about themselves, their behaviours and their potential, through experiencing outdoor education and creative activities, and then illustrating how that learning applies to their everyday life. MOBEX staff all work to the highest professional standards and hold relevant outdoor qualifications which enables them to offer a wide range of activities such as kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing, coasteering, gorge walking, paddle boating, surfing, bushcraft, mountain biking, hill walking and navigation training. MOBEX Instructor Kieran Stoutt said:
“As well as raising funds for MOBEX the abseil will be an opportunity to let people know about what we do and the range of projects we run. MOBEX relies upon on charitable donations and fundraising to offer our valuable services to the community. Later this year we will be organising a series of activity days open to the general public to have a go at a range of outdoor pursuits including rock climbing, kayaking, and coasteering. We’ll have information about the activity days available at the Strand Shopping Centre abseil for anyone interested.”
The Strand Chopping Centre Manager John Shakespeare said the abseil was the latest in a series of events that the centre had hosted to raise funds for the children’s charity. He added:
“We held a similar abseil event last year which was very popular and we’re delighted to welcome The Children’s Centre MOBEX team back again. It will be a fun event and a great opportunity for anyone to come along and try abseiling for the first time.”
The Strand and The Children’s Centre have worked together on various fundraising projects over the past few years including a Christmas Wish box appeal and an Easter Fun Park weekend. The latest abseil event will also be good preparation for anyone who wants to take part in an even bigger challenge on April 13 when The Children’s Centre is organising an abseil from the top of the 105-foot high Point of Ayre Lighthouse. All funds raised will go towards The Children’s Centre’s work with families and children across the Island.
For more information about the Strand abseil, and other Children’s Centre fundraising events, go to go to http://www.thechildrenscentre.org.im/events