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New night hike puts boot into poverty

Christian Aid is launching a new and exciting charity trekking challenge for 2011, the Offa’s Dyke Night Hike, designed to put the boot into poverty by raising money for its work with some of the world’s poorest communities.

The 26 mile hike from Knighton to Buttington in the Shropshire Hills will take 12 hours and follows a section of the picturesque 177 mile Offa’s Dyke trail.

The challenge will begin at midnight on 18 June when a team of 30 trekkers will set out across wild moorland and through sweeping river valleys.

A £50 registration fee will secure a place and all participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £400.  Everyone taking part will receive a t-shirt and trekking socks, nutritional and training advice, a fundraising pack and a celebratory meal at the end of the trek.

Catherine Leeson, Christian Aid’s challenge events manager said: ‘This is a stunning route through an area of outstanding natural beauty, but it is one of our toughest challenges yet.  The first 10 miles will be the hardest, walking through the night and contending with a hilly terrain, but the team will be well supported along the course, and with each and every step they take they will be helping to put the boot into poverty.’

To secure your place in the Offa’s Dyke Night Hike, or to find out more about Christian Aid cycling, running or trekking challenges visit www.christianaid.org.uk/events

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If you would like further information please contact Karen Lobo-Morell on 020 7523 2404 or klobomorell@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3.  Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk