Teenager's Downing Street petition

AN Ipswich teenager will deliver nearly 2,000 signed petition cards to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Lizi Coltham, who lives on the Rivers estate, will hand over the protest to call on Tony Blair and his government urging them to continue the fight to consign poverty to history.

AN Ipswich teenager will deliver nearly 2,000 signed petition cards to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday.

Lizi Coltham, who lives on the Rivers estate, will hand over the protest to call on Tony Blair and his government urging them to continue the fight to consign poverty to history.

She is scheduled to pass on the cards at 11am after the signatures were collected at the Xpression 05 concert, which was held at Portman Road last month.

Lizi will be accompanied to Downing Street by Gavin Stone, the youth adviser for the Church of England in Suffolk and Jenny Skivington a Norwich-based Christian Aid worker.

“Following the G8 summit, it is vital that we continue to campaign for Trade Justice and more and better aid,” said Mr Stone, who organised the Xpression event.

“I was thrilled that so many of those who attended Xpression05 felt impassioned to fill in the petition cards and delighted that through this high profile event, the young people of in Suffolk have an opportunity to add their

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voice and show their continued support for this international campaign.”

Ms Skivington, Christian Aid's Church Liaison and Youth Worker for the East of England, said: “The G8 made an important step forward, but there's still more to do.”

“The leaders' communiqué showed the impact of the MakePovertyHistory campaign with small but significant steps forward on the issues of trade, debt, aid and HIV/AIDS.

“We should not be discouraged. When we hand over the cards on Wednesday we will be continuing to keep the spotlight on our leaders to continue the struggle against preventable poverty.”

N What do you think should be done by the British government to help in the fight against poverty? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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