The Church in Abingdon is inviting the whole town and nearby villages to the launch of this year's Alpha courses.
An evening with Anne Wafula-Strike
Anne will tell something of her battles with disability and prejudice, her sporting sucess and the faith that has given her strength and determination.
Abingdon and Witney College, Wootton Road, Abingdon
(park in main car park and enter through reception, the event is in the restaurant)
Wednesday 18 January 2017 7:30pm
FREE 2-course dinner with a drink
Cost: None! However, you do need to have booked a place.
Dress code: Casual. Don't miss out!
Speaker: Anne Wafula-Strike MBE;
paralympian, author & sports ambassador.
Anne was born in Kenya a fit and healthy child, but was struck by Polio aged 2. She and her family faced prejudice and discrimination and had to move away from the village. After graduating from Moi University she taught in College before meeting the man she would marry - which led her to Britain, motherhood, wheelchair racing, disability advocacy and charity work. In 2004 Anne became the first wheelchair racer from Sub-Saharan Africa to compete at the Paralympics
In 2006, she became a British citizen and joined team GB. In 2013, Anne was the first person from Europe to attempt the 'Tough Mudder' challenge in a wheelchair, for charity. This is an extreme assault course including fire, ice, underground tunnels and 10,000 volts of electricity! Anne received the MBE for her work as a disabled athlete and her charity work for people with disabilities and won the 2016 'Play for Change' award at the TV Sports awards for her work with Olympia-Wafula Foundation and AbleChildAfrica.
Anne is clear that "having Jesus in my life puts a smile on my face every day." She will talk about her experiences and the faith that has sustained her through it all. She describes these experiences in more detail in her autobioography "In my dreams, I dance", which was published when Anne's story won the BBC 'My Story' competition in 2010.
Alpha is a chance to check out for yourself the faith Anne talks of and the difference it can make.
Can't make it?
You haven't missed out, you can find some directly to one of the courses running in Abingdon. You can find a list of courses here.