Richard Moore up for the zipline challenge

ZIP LINE!. . . . Richard Moore, Children in Crossfire, pictured yesterday at the Brandywell with Derry City manager Stephen Kenny to launch the 'Zip Line - Across The Foyle' challenge due to be held on Saturday, 20th August to raise funds for the local charity. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to register with events@childrenincrossfire.org or telephone 02871 269898. 0706JM14

ZIP LINE!. . . . Richard Moore, Children in Crossfire, pictured yesterday at the Brandywell with Derry City manager Stephen Kenny to launch the 'Zip Line - Across The Foyle' challenge due to be held on Saturday, 20th August to raise funds for the local charity. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to register with events@childrenincrossfire.org or telephone 02871 269898. 0706JM14

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Children in Crossfire founder Richard Moore will take to the skies to raise funds for his charity when he takes part in a zipline across the Foyle.

Joining Mr Moore for the 1,300 feet journey across the river will be Derry City boss, Stephen Kenny.

The pair will be 170 feet above the river as they travel along the zipline from the Prehen Boathouse to the Foyle Road at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour to raise funds for children in developing countries across the world.

Mr Moore, who was blinded by a rubber bullet fired by a British soldier in 1972, is believed to be the first blind person in Derry to take part in the zipline challenge.

Children in Crossfire have said they hope the fact that Mr Moore, who the Dalai Lama described as a hero, is taking part in the event will encourage others to do the same.

John Ryan from the charity said; “Sometimes we have to do amazing things to make change happen; sometimes what is happening to other people in parts of the world means we have to take action to try an alleviate their suffering, and support them gain the basic rights of life, like education and health; key factors which can break the cycle of poverty for the many thousands of children we work with around the world.

“The zipline is an amazing challenge which will provide Children in Crossfire with valuable funding to support our international programme to provide facilities where malnourished children are fed; where children with cancer survive and thrive; where children with disability are supported and rehabilitated,” he said.

He also said the charity have wanted to stage a zipline event in Derry for a number of years. “For many years we had wanted to do the zipline challenge across the Foyle, having previously had to use the River Lagan, but the challenge company ALPS contacted us last year and said they has new zip facilities which enabled us to zip the River Foyle.

“We have also had great support from Foyle Search and Rescue, who will provide vital safety on the Foyle during the event on Saturday 20th August,” he said.

Mr Ryan said he wanted to see as many people as possible follow the example to Richard Moore and Stephen Kenny in order to raise funds for the charity.

Announcing details of how to take part in the fundraising event, the Children in Crossfire spokesperson said; “ To take part in the challenge please phone the Children in Crossfire office on 02871269898; a £15 deposit secures your place and we will give you sponsor forms and fundraising ideas to raise the additional £135.

Travelling 1300ft across the River Foyle at 35mph 170 ft in the air is an incredible challenge to take part on and will enable us to deliver immediate and lasting improvement to the lives of children worldwide.”