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Ninjas raise money for girls’ education

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A little ninja action on your part could help educate young women in Sierra Leone and Uganda. Isabelle McMullen has set up a ninja fun event at Ninja Play Academy to raise money for One Girl.

Isabelle regognises that Australia is a privileged country where it is easy to take for granted what so many others around the world can only dream of. For Isabelle receiving an education, enjoying a childhood an having choices about how she will live her life is something she says she won’t take for granted.

‘As young girls we all have dreams. We run around playing doctor, holding court with our teddy bears in our bedrooms. As we grow it is normal for us to go to school, graduate and then pursue these dreams,’ said Isabella.

‘However, 130 million girls are denied this basic human right. Owing to poverty, illness and lack of infrastructure, too many young girls’ childhoods are cut short and they are forced to grow up, most becoming pregnant by 14.’

One Girl, the charity Isabelle is rasing money to support, runs programs assisting young girls and women to achieve an education. The One Girl programs include scholarships, Business Brains, School Awesomisation and Launch Pad that aim to educate girls not only through schooling but also business training and sanitation awareness.

Isabella is encouraging as many people as possible to come along on Sunday 16 September from 11am till 1pm.

‘Isabelle wanted to do something fun to raise money,’ said Lisa Parkes who is providing the facility free of charge to Isabelle for the fundraiser.

‘Everyone will be in a dress for the event and all the money raised will go to One Girl charity. I will be supplying a prize for the winner and the Ninja Warrior-inspired course is accessible by people of all abilities and ages.’

To get involved check out the Ninja play website www.ninjaplayacademybyronbay.com or call Isabelle on 0448 303 025.

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