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Toybox Trustee Francis is cycling up Mount Everest!

Updates • Apr 2021

Everesting for charity

This weekend Francis and his teammates will cycle up the world’s highest mountain (above sea level). Francis is part of a team of 6 who have been training for 12 weeks alongside 40 others, to prepare for their virtual challenge to tackle the huge height of the 60-million-year-old mountain in Nepal.

Francis is raising funds to support Toybox birth registration projects

In 2015 it became illegal for children to live on the streets of Kathmandu. Street children not only hide from traffickers and potential abusers, but from the police.

To become an official citizen of Nepal requires official birth registration documentation, however 48% of children in Nepal do not have a birth certificate.

In Nepal a birth certificate costs around £36, but for children living, and in many cases working on the streets it is simply a cost they cannot afford. More than a third of 10-14-year-olds in Nepal go to work and 85% of street children are illiterate, a birth certificate is compulsory for a child to start school.

Why support Toybox?

Francis tells us why he is taking part for Toybox: “I have been privileged to be a member of the Trustee Board at Toybox for a number of years now and am continually amazed by the determination of the team and partners to stand in the gap for vulnerable street children and provide practical support and help the most marginalised and vulnerable in society.”

You can encourage and support Francis with his challenge online.

We are very excited that every donation will be matched by Francis’ employer, global insurance company Gallagher!

Find out more about how Toybox support street children with Birth Registration in Nepal.

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