Walking for a cause
STUDENTS from St Joseph's College took part in Gulu Walk 2009 walking along the beach at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to raise money for children in poverty and forced slavery in Uganda last Saturday.
The Gulu Walk is an international fundraising event to raise awareness and money for children in Uganda who walk to the town of Gulu for safety every night before returning to their villages the next morning to work.
You Have a Friend charity founder and local Gulu Walk organiser John Lee said people in more than 70 cities walked for the cause on the same day.
“Only two places in Australia participate, which are Melbourne and Tweed Heads,” Mr Lee said.
Originally from Zimbabwe himself, Mr Lee said he liked to support other charities through his own charity, and this year's Tweed Heads Gulu Walk was the third. A team of 15 year 10 students from St Joseph's College sought sponsorship and donations last week for their participation in the walk.
Students met at the old caravan park next to Twin Towns on Saturday afternoon before trekking along the beach to Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club and back.
Sam Fien, 16 said she first did the walk in 2007 and decided she wanted to do it again this year.
“I felt empowered and like I was making a difference in the world,” she said. “I have felt less self-centred in my life and taken on more roles in the school community since doing the walk.”
The St Joseph's College student said she has also participated in the 40-hour famine this year and was involved with Make Poverty History with Mr Lee and the You Have a Friend charity.