Tzedek raises £5,000 by firewalking

Cr-ash course: a Tzedek firewalker

Cr-ash course: a Tzedek firewalker

The heat was on 25 supporters of world aid charity Tzedek as they raised over £5,000 by firewalking on Sunday.

After receiving professional tuition at Kulanu Community Centre in Kenton, participants removed shoes and socks to walk 20 feet over blazing wooden planks.

Among the firewalkers was Russell Benson, 28, from Hendon. “I thought it sounded fun,” he said. “It was for a good cause and an impressive thing to talk about to friends and family.”

Mr Benson, a fundraiser at Marie Curie Cancer Care, was last to take the challenge. “Everyone went through with it so there was pressure on me.

“If you walk quickly enough, but without running, the heat doesn’t get a chance to circulate fully around the body. It was great and we all felt we could conquer all our fears after that.”

Tzedek director Dan Berelowitz said the money raised “will make an enormous difference to the lives of poverty stricken women in India”. Beneficiaries would have “a sustainable income, giving their children a chance of an education. As a Jewish community, we should be proud of the work that we are doing to alleviate poverty.”

    Last updated: 3:43pm, February 11 2010