LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
PLAN International Zambia, in partnership with Plan International Netherlands, will next Saturday hold the 2017 ending child marriage cycling fund-raising event raise funds towards the fight against child marriage.
Plan International Zambia communications and advocacy manager Lazarus Mwale confirmed the cycling event in a statement released in Lusaka recently.
“The event, which will be kicked off from Chongwe by the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development, is an effort aimed at raising funds to end child marriage and give an opportunity to the girl child to get educated,’’ he said.
He said the second cycling event will be held on Saturday, July 22. Plan International has organised it in collaboration with its partners.
The first cycling event was held last year in July, and the funds raised were channelled towards the fight to end child marriage in Eastern Province.
He said the cycling event aims to raise funds which will go towards child marriage awareness activities.
Mr Mwale said the 32 cyclists are expected to cycle from Chongwe district to Mfuwe.
He said the third cycling event involving another 32 cyclists aimed at ending child marriage will be held on August 5, 2017.
Mr Mwale said Plan is committed to supplementing Government’s efforts in ending child marriage, hence their decision to organise the event.
“Girls should be given an opportunity to enjoy their childhood and to get educated,’’ he said.
Mr Mwale said ending child marriage will contribute towards social and economic development of the country.
He said it is only when girls and boys are embraced and given the same platform that they can contribute positively to Zambia as future leaders.