Community Fights Back

by Rohan Lawrence in London, England, United Kingdom

£130

raised of £100,000 target
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by January 23rd 2020 at 8:34pm

Please help raise funds to purchase a mini bus for our youth project, equipment for our expansion and running costs to keep our doors open.

by Rohan Lawrence in London, England, United Kingdom

We rise by helping others. 

Summary

We’ve all heard the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child….” well I’m calling on my extended Facebook family to help me raise funds for the Dwayne Simpson Foundation CIC / Dwaynamics founded by Pastor Lorraine Jones, as they expand their boxing gym and educational workshops for underprivileged youths in the community of Lambeth helping them stay off the streets and away from gang violence. 

The funds raised will be used to purchase a much needed Mini bus for the Youth project, further gym equipment, and increase the number of classes available to a larger section of the community, keeping Lambeth mentally and physically fit.

Background

What do you do when tragedy strikes your family?

In the case of Pastor Lorraine Jones, when tragedy struck her family she did not retreat or fight back with anger. She took a step back, analysed what was happening in the community and decided to confront the issues head-on and fight back with love and humanity – turning her ‘pain into power’.

Dwayne Simpson Foundation CIC / Dwaynamics 

In 2014 Pastor Lorraine Jones lost her son to the scourge of knife crime. Dwayne Simpson 20, was stabbed when he tried to stop a fight. Ironically, he had set up and was running a community boxing project to help disenfranchised youths stay off the streets and away from crime and violence, when he was tragically killed.

Five years on and Pastor Lorraine Jones remembers the day her son died as vivid as if it were yesterday. Determined to continue with Dwayne's vision for a better future for the community youths she formed the Dwayne Simpson Foundation CIC (Community Interest Company), with the leading project Dwaynamics ABC. Since then she has made it her purpose to fight back using the foundation not only to train young boxers through Dwaynamics to compete at professional level but also offering a rehabilitation approach with various educational workshops to empower the vulnerable youth in the Community and across the country. 

Funding

Government funding cuts have caused Dwaynamics to rely upon voluntary fundraising and support to maintain their valuable community service. Having been around Dwaynamics for the past two years, I have seen first-hand the growth and fantastic work of Pastor Lorraine, the club, and the youths. Youths feel welcomed and encouraged by the dedicated team of skilled staff, and I am convinced the real impact of their presence is immeasurable. However, they need our help and financial support to maintain this community service. 

Your support is needed

The success of the Foundation has created a need to expand its services to make available more classes for the local community, keeping them mentally and physically fit. The gym requires further equipment to support their disciplined training regime, and a mini bus to support their Youth project. 

I am asking for your help to raise funds to achieve this. Your valuable contribution will go a long way towards supporting the Foundation, nurturing the underprivileged youths, and steering them away from gangs and street violence in London.

No amount is too small, as every little helps! 

You can also follow the foundation at:

Website: https://www.dsfcic.co.uk/

Instagram: dwaynamicsgym

Twitter: @dwaynamics

Facebook: The Dwayne Simpson Foundation

Please like, share and support this worthy cause.  'Let's make it happen'.  

Thank you.

Rohan Lawrence

Founder, The First Friday Club

Let's make 'Community Fights Back' happen

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