After being a prisoner and losing everything I am now an award winning writer with 30 articles published and counting. I have been welcomed by The Huffington Post, Sabbortage Times The Guardian, Works for Freedom, The Justice Gap and The Royal Society of Arts. Numerous Universities have invited me to speak with local newspapers and radio stations running articles and interviews…a fantastic response.
However when it came to my local book launch and local newspaper the focus was on my negative past instead of my positive future work. The book launch was cancelled as someone went into the shop and threatened that there would be trouble. The local newspaper ran the story of my convictions and not the one about the award winning book that helps people. Although they did choose to use the photo I had sent for the book story but did not mention my mental illness!
I decided that I would do something to highlight Forgiveness and how imperitive it is to ex-offenders in order for them to re-integrate into society and focus on a positive future and not fall into social isolation or re-offending the product of focusing on the negative past. Society must contemplate forgiveness and take the opportunity to recognise all the reasons the criminal committed the crime then they can make an informed decision.
I came across the Forgiveness Project and its wonderful work and the die was cast. My challenge is to walk from John O Groats to Lands End visiting towns and cities along the way. Each destination will include visits to Prisons, Probation Trusts, Youth Offender Groups, Universities and Charities that work to help promote understanding, rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-offenders.
The walk begins 1st September in Scotland walking for 62 days until arriving at Lands End 1st November. The target is to raise £10,000 for The Forgiveness Project and raise awareness of the concept of forgiveness in our society.
http://www.justgiving.com/Frankie-Owens wish me luck and spread the word folks!