Abigail's Pedal Power provides inspiration for all

Posted by Roger Cooke on Tue, 26 Feb 2013 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

A 10-year old from Bangor has become a source of huge encouragement and inspiration for the CMS Ireland staff by putting thought into action and doing her bit to make a difference.

After watching the films in CMS Ireland’s 2013 Annual Project, All Things New, 10 year-old Abigail Oakman decided to get on her bike to help children in South Sudan go to school.

Bangor Abbey’s Sunday School has been using the Annual Project resource for many years. Her mum, Laura told us that Abigail is always impacted by what she learns from the projects and particularly by the films, which highlight something of life for children in another part of the world.

“She gets genuinely concerned about the children and their circumstances; this year she wanted to go that little bit further with her part in the project. I am so proud of her for putting her idea out there and getting such an enthusiastic response.”

And Abigail’s idea? To do a sponsored cycle along the Comber Greenway, covering a total of 60 miles over a few days.

Earlier today, we received the following e-mail from Laura:

“I am pleased to say that as of 17:30 hours yesterday (25th Feb), all 60 miles have been completed. 32 were done last week, 16 on Sunday and 12 yesterday. She put me to shame, I couldn’t keep up with her! She was adamant that she was doing the 60 miles.”

For so many of us, our good intentions rarely amount to action – we have an idea of something we could or should do to play our part, but when it actually comes to doing it…we’re not so dedicated. Abigail’s simple, practical response to something she learned about in Sunday School is a challenged to all of us to (metaphorically or literally) – get on our bikes and make a difference.

All the funds raised by Abigail will go to support the Diocese of Ibba in South Sudan as it helps give children a good start through education. Further details on the All Things New resource can be found here.

To support Abigail’s efforts, visit her myDonate page and make a small donation.

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