Walk­ers step out for Africa fundraiser

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Shan­non Smith

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 in­su­late@omninet.net. au or phone 9841 7572.

If some­one can­not walk but wants to do­nate, they can do so at the Open Doors web­site.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Pam and Peter Hardey will be walk­ing from Emu Beach to Mid­dle­ton Beach to raise funds for Walk To Wa­ter.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.