Charity leading the fight against land mine use

NDET 1-12-12 RKH 3 Pyramid of shoes built by Soroptomists Bertie Masters and Joyce Handbury and Carol Evans District commisioner for Ripley district Guides.
NDET 1-12-12 RKH 3 Pyramid of shoes built by Soroptomists Bertie Masters and Joyce Handbury and Carol Evans District commisioner for Ripley district Guides.

A campaign to highlight the plight of land mine usage across the world came to 
Alfreton on Saturday.

Soroptomists of Amber Valley compiled a pyramid of shoes at Severn Square to symbolise limbs lost to land mines on the 15th anniversary of the international ban on the weapon.

Joyce Handbury, from the group, said the display was one of many taking place in the country until December 10 to raise awareness of the ongoing battle against the weapons.

She said: “A lot of these things like the Mine Ban Treatise are soon forgotten unless you raise awareness.

“Mines are still an issue today. Our own troops have been victims of land mines.

“Children in theses countries such as Cambodia just go out to play and are really totally unaware of what is outside.”

Soroptomists of Amber Valley held the display in Alfreton as part of the Forgotten 10 Challenge, a UK-wide campaign coordinated by the charity Handicap International UK.

All the shoes were donated and are to be given to the Red Cross.

Tom Shelton, a campaigner for Handicap International UK, said: “Many people believe that the international treaties banning land mines and cluster bombs have consigned these weapons to history.

“But these indiscriminate weapons are still claiming one new victim on average every two hours.”

The Soroptomists, which meet every second Monday of the month at Firs House in Alfreton, have been helping raise funds for victims of land mines and research in to clearing them since 1997.

If you are interested in joining the group call Joyce on 01773 754082.