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Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance

Verna Myers

Right to Play

Crista has been an athlete ambassador for Right to Play since 2008, being an African and having experienced poverty throughout her life she knows the joys that sport can bring to children less fortunate than herself. Crista visited our Tanzanian project after she won Bronze in London 2012 and being able to speak to the children in their native tongue was a new experience for us all, she could get the real message of what Right to Play stands for, and embraced the joy and love of sport and play with all the children.

Why Right to Play? Well that is easy, how do you truly make a difference to people’s experience of life? You make them smile, and you bring “joy” into their world where there is so much hatred, violence and distress. By supporting Right to Play, children are educated through the notion of play with the deep underlying messages that enables them to make better decisions in volatile situations. “I love what they stand for, I love the work that they do worldwide.”

Parallel London

Crista joined the team at Parallel for their second event at the Olympic park in 2017, where they hosted ten thousand participants taking part in the first fully inclusive fun run and family festival that celebrates and promotes diversity. The participatory event consists of five challenges, which you enter on behalf of a charity partner; they are a 10Kms, 5Kms, 1Km, Super Sensory 1Km or 100m. Any funds that you raise go directly to the charity of your choice, an organization that may have helped you, someone you know or you just want to do it for them.

Crista is passionate about inclusivity, eradicating disparity and everyone having a chance to enjoy a day out together, that is why she is heavily involved in Parallel London and what they stand for. ‘I feel honoured to be involved in an event of this nature, there should be more platforms that caters for all to enjoy challenges together. The elation from the days antics whether that was participatory or just experiencing the festival itself was a pleasure to witness and I am looking forward to next year already.’

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