Fundraisers zip slide across the Clyde for Scotland’s homeless
Supporters of Bethany Christian Trust put themselves to the test by zip sliding across the Clyde to raise support for people who are homeless in Scotland. Despite the typical Scottish weather on the day, the daring individuals still managed to raise over £1700 for the homeless charity.
The event, which has been running since 1999, invites thrill-seekers to take part in an exciting challenge as they took a zip slide across the River Clyde in Glasgow to raise funds for a charity of their choice. In total, 8 participants from Bethany Christian Trust decided to put their fears aside in aid of helping men and women who are homeless in Scotland.
The 8 participants were comprised of volunteers, supporters and staff alike and travelled from all over Glasgow and the surrounding areas to take part in Saturday’s event, including Motherwell Baptist, Connect to Community and the Wild Olive Tree Café.
Speaking on behalf of the participants from Motherwell, Gillian Falconer from Motherwell Baptist said: “The zip slide was really scary but amazing. I would happily do it again because it was for such a great cause. Some of the people who took part in the event are dealing with issues that are challenging, but they were completely empowered by this experience.”
Many of the supporters who took part have previously received support from Bethany which made the idea of fundraising for the charity an exciting and once in a lifetime experience.
Shirley Berry, group head of fundraising and development at Bethany Christian Trust, said: “Bethany Christian Trust believes that it’s not just an economic investment that has the power of positive transformation but community events do as well. This event demonstrated what can happen when a group of people come together to support and promote the mission to end homelessness across Scotland. Overcoming barriers is a huge part of our mission and this group of people overcame a number of personal barriers to participate in Saturday’s event. A positive shared experience, by breaking through barriers of inequality, has a massive impact on raising the resilience that’s needed to make a difference. If we can send this message that inequalities can be overcome, then the goal of ending homelessness becomes a lot more achievable.”
Established in 1983, Bethany Christian Trust supports over 7,000 people across Scotland. The charity’s services focus on preventing homelessness as well as alleviating the suffering of people who are homeless.