virtual walk to help the children of Haiti
Project ESPWA is an Irish charity
established in 2011 by a group of volunteers in response to the devastating
earthquake that struck the Island of Haiti in 2010. ESPWA is the creole word for ‘Hope’, a theme
we make central to our vision for the future.
Each year we gather to ‘Walk for Haiti’, a critical
part of our fundraising efforts. This
sponsored walk normally attracts hundreds of entrants, but COVID-19 restrictions
have made such a gathering impossible for now.
Haiti goes virtual
But you know what they say - as one door closes another
always opens. Over the last number of
months, walking has become our national pastime, with the streets of our cities,
town and villages full of people looking to keep fit and take a welcome break
from the inside of their own homes.
We’re asking you to donate a little bit of that shoe-leather
to the children of Haiti. Could you join
our virtual group to help walk from Ireland to Haiti and back? That’s a round trip of roughly 15,000km and
we’re looking to raise €1 for every kilometre of the journey.
15km - 15
days - €15
We’re looking for volunteers to walk 15km over 15 days,
donating €15 for their part of the journey.
We’ve linked up with idonate who’ve created a virtual map allowing you
to register for the walk online and measure your 15km as you walk your local
area. The distance you cover will be
measured via GPS and logged as part of the overall journey.
Of course, you’re not limited to just 15km and can donate as
much as you like – you may even prefer to get sponsorship from your friends and
family or do the challenge with a group of walking friends. Who walks the farthest? The quickest?
It’s up to you.
If you think this might be a good fit for your business CSR
activities why not share with your work colleagues too. There’s nothing like a little bit of
interdepartmental rivalry and we’ll have virtual leader-boards for the more
But most of all, you’ll get fresh air and exercise wherever
you choose to walk, with the added benefit of helping children growing up on an
Island where even a schoolbag is considered an unattainable luxury.