The Rotary Family and PCF Walk to Manila 1st - 30th September

Tue 1st September 2020 at 12.00 am - 12.00 am

A virtual walk from Jersey to Manila In support of the Purple Community Fund which is providing life changing support for the desperately poor in the Philippines. Into the Desert

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The Rotary Family and PCF Walk to Manila

A Virtual Walk to Manila in support of the Purple Community Fund

During September, the members of the Rotary Club of Jersey and the Interact Club of Jersey along with their respective families will be undertaking a virtual walk from Jersey to Manila In support of the Purple Community Fund which is providing life changing support for the desperately poor in the Philippines.

 The 8,500mile walk has been broken down into six stages and aims to highlight the exceptional work of the Purple Community Fund as well as challenging Rotarians to cover over 17 million steps during the month of September.

 The recently formed Interact Group made up of 12 teenage members have chosen this challenge for their first International project. As well as participating in the challenge to raise funds, this event has engaged the members of the recently formed interact club in researching the route, helping with the creation of the website and getting an unrivalled exposure to the issues facing families in the Philippines. 

The virtual walk will see the Rotarians travel from Jersey, through Munich onto Kiev and Volgograd before heading South to Dhaka, Bangkok before finally reaching Manila. 

Rotary Club of Jersey President Richard Harwood said “ the purpose of the challenge was not only to raise all important funds for this vital project but to highlight the differences between the amazing cities we will pass through during the virtual walk. We intend to update our progress daily on the Rotary website highlighting the wonderful sites we would have seen along the way, as well as the challenges being experienced by each community”.

 Rotarian Jane Walker who moved to the Philippines to set up the Purple Community Fund said “the machinery which this walk is trying to fund will forever change the lives of multiple families here in the Philippine’s. Using old aircraft and truck tyres, this machinery allows the production of shoes including the most worn footwear flipflops to school shoes and ankle high wellington boots for the rainey season. These are given to the desperately poor children with the surplus sold in local markets. This not only provides a livelihood for those employed but creates vital funds which can be reinvested in the children and the Community” 

To support the challenge, DONATIONS can be made using the Rotary Club of Jersey link to the Purple Community Fund

 https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GeoffShepherd2

Click HERE for more information about the Purple Community Fund

Click HERE to donate

His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Jersey’s Governor and an honorary Rotarian, commented: “Rotarians have always been known for their willingness to go that extra mile for people and causes that need their help. However, walking 8,500 miles is taking their commitment to a whole new level.

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Pictured: His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

“I am delighted to add my support to the Jersey branch and their characteristic support for the Purple Community Fund in Manilla. With the generous support of Jersey people, I have no doubt that the Jersey Rotarians’ marvellous endeavour will raise much needed funds to help these disadvantaged people learn to stand on their own feet.

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