Sponsored walk with a difference

Derry charity Action With Effect (AWE) are organising a sponsored walk with a difference. Not content with walking the bridges or up Mount Errigal, the good Samaritans of AWE will walk a 120km stretch of the Spanish, Camino Santiago.

The famous pilgrimage starts at St. Jean Pied de Port on the French/Spanish border and stretches a total of 800 kms to the Santiago de Compostela, Cathedral in Spain. A contingent of Derry volunteers will walk the 120km section this July; it is expected to take up to six days to complete the route. Action With Effect (AWE) raise money locally in order to finance projects in India.

There, the charity founded by Eamon Melaugh, runs canteens, builds homes, schools and a hospital.

Having recently opened new premises on Bishop Street, AWE are reorganising and examining new fundraising initiatives for those projects. Development Officer, Eugene Quigley said: The Bishop Street office allows us to build a volunteer base for the charity. The idea is to take as many people as possible to walk the Camino. Many members of the charity have already walked at least part of the route, so we can be contacted for advice and guidance.”

“The Camino is not only a religious or spiritual pilgrimage but journey that can be made for a multitude of reasons. Many hikers walk for sport, travel or simply for the challenge, our hope is that we can benefit those who use our projects in India through the walk also.”

It is hoped the AWE party will travel to Spain on June 26 and July 5. In order to get involved call AWE on 71 271731.