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March 2014 News

40kms every day for 40 days

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Letitia Shelton, with Voice FM’s Dave Schenk and Damien Johnson Photo: Provided

City Women Coordinator Letitia Shelton is celebrating her 40th birthday by riding 40kms every day for 40 days from March 9 to April 17.

Letitia has worked for over 15 years with literally hundreds of young women and was nominated as one of the 20 most influential women who has helped to shape this community. 

“I really want to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by many young women in society today, such as the breakup of families, domestic violence, the sexualisation of women, teenage pregnancy and abortion, depression and eating disorders,” said Letitia, who runs City Women, an umbrella for 20 organisations working to make Toowoomba a better place for women and girls.

The ride will be launched after International Women’s Day on March 9 at City Hall Toowoomba. 

“The work done by City Women in providing support and dedication to some of the most vulnerable girls, will make a significant difference in the very culture of our city,” said Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio.

While she hopes to raise much needed awareness through the ride, Letitia also hopes to raise $15,000 towards the on-going work of City Women.

To help her reach her goal, Voice FM’s ‘Double Shot’ breakfast show announcers are getting on board.

"We are both huge supporters of the work City Women do in our community", said Damien Johnson. “We need to be very vocal in saying that a culture of abuse and domestic violence is unacceptable, and it’s great seeing people like Letitia who are being proactive in bringing about change.”

Damien and co-host Dave Schenk won’t just be watching from the sidelines though. They will be  riding alongside Letitia on an exercise bike while recording their breakfast show in the studio.

To help Letitia reach her goal, you can sponsor her $40 at www.citywomen.com.au

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