Big 60 challenge for Norwich Christian charity founder
Norwich Christian charity pioneer Robert Glover has accepted a gruelling and ambitious fundraising challenge to celebrate his 60th birthday this week and to raise £60k to start Care for Children’s latest project in Vietnam.
Care for Children Founder and Executive Officer Robert Glover OBE has accepted a 60th Birthday Challenge from his staff to raise funds to send Clayton and Kelly Green to Hanoi in March 2017 to start Care for Children’s latest project in Vietnam.
On December 16 Robert will cycle 60 kilometres from Norwich to Holkham beach in North Norfolk. This will be followed by a swim in the freezing North Sea for 60 seconds, then 60 sit ups on the beach. He will then eat 60 cockles, a local delicacy and do a 60 yard dash to blow out 60 candles on his birthday cake.
Robert said: “My goal is to raise £60,000 for Care for Children, the charity, so close to my heart, that we set up 18 years ago. Since then, Care for Children’s work has given over 300,000 orphaned and abandoned children the opportunity to grow up in local, loving families.
“Please sponsor my pain. The day will be filmed and you'll also be able to follow my progress on Facebook - so you get to see my agony!”
A Norfolk native and former head of social services in Guernsey, Robert founded Care for Children, which has its headquarters in Norwich, in 1998. Care for Children have partnered with the Chinese Government since then and the Thai Government since 2012 delivering projects which have seen over 350,000 children move from institutional care into local families during this time.
This fundraising challenge will facilitate a similar partnership working with the Vietnamese Government, in which Care for Children will train Vietnamese Social Workers to become Family Placement Workers.
To see how you can help please visit www.careforchildren.com or www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/robertgloverbig60