Walkers step out for Africa fundraiser
The Lighthouse Church in Albany is working with fundraising organisation Open Doors for its event Walk to Water, in which residents can walk from Emu Point to Middleton Beach to raise money for people in Nigeria.
The Australia-wide fundraiser helps supply clean water and health and education services to people in poor countries.
In this instance, Nigeria has been chosen, with a focus on bettering its water supplies.
Organiser of the Albany leg of the walk Murray Farrell said people often took for granted how important water was for survival.
“Some people only have a muddy hole to collect water from and it can take hours to retrieve it,” he said.
“Open Doors can raise funds that will result in making fresh, clean drinking water a reality for many remote villages by sinking a bore.
“It’s a good time to think of others that don’t have the luxury of running water like we do, and to be most grateful for our good fortune in this society.”
The 10km walk will take in some of Albany’s best scenery.
He said walkers were asked to find sponsors before the walk or to walk for fun and make a donation themselves.
“So far, there is only a handful from the church that will walk, but anyone with a heart for this need is welcome to join us and it should be a fun time,” Mr Farrell said.
“Walkers can either walk along the beach or the cycleway.”
The walk takes place on Saturday and walkers are asked to meet at 8.30am at the carpark on the corner of Firth Street and Boongarrie Street.
The Lighthouse Church did a similar walk four years ago and raised more than $2000.
Anyone wanting to join as an individual or group and can email Mr Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. au or phone 9841 7572.
If someone cannot walk but wants to donate, they can do so at the Open Doors website.
Pam and Peter Hardey will be walking from Emu Beach to Middleton Beach to raise funds for Walk To Water.