Sign up for the Camino
ARKLOW-BASED children’s charity The Guardian Project is calling on volunteers to sign up and walk the sacred Camino route to raise much needed funds.
For the second year in a row, the organisation - which provides support services for children experiencing parental separation, divorce or bereavement - hopes to send at least 20 volunteers to walk 110km to Santiago de Compostela in North Western Spain.
The Camino walk is a world famous pilgrimage and has been completed by millions of pilgrims for the last 1000 years. It is a spiritual journey and a great personal challenge to complete this trek through stunning Spanish countryside.
The Guardian Project opened its doors on the Wexford Road in Arklow in 2010 and since then has provided services to over 200 children. Last year alone, over 240 hours of therapy were made available to children free of charge.
Their Rainbows child bereavement counselling programme is completely free of charge and all other services are provided by trained professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to The Guardian Project.
If the group reaches its €20,000 target through the Camino challenge it is hoped that further training can be pro- vided for volunteers who can help parents going through separation to support their children.
It costs between €25,000 and €30,000 just to keep the doors of The Guardian Project open every year so fundraising initiatives such as the Camino trek are vital to its survival.
The organsiation is appealing to anyone who would like to lend their support to sign up and get walking for a good cause. To participate it is asked that each volunteer raises €1900 and The Guardian Project will support them in their fundraising.
For further information pleae call 0402 91477 or visit www.guardianproject.ie
Volunteers who walked the Camino last year in aid of The Guardian Project in Arklow.