A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has taken part in the Walk for Water this Lent. Over £30,500 has been donated and 10,200 miles walked which is roughly from Portsmouth Cathedral to Afar in Ethiopia where Abdella lives and back! Sylvie our parish volunteer at Portsmouth Cathedral found one of our posters on her walks around Portsmouth . Abdella’s 10 hour walk to collect water has inspired many people to join the 10,000 steps a day for the 40 days of Lent challenge.
To begin the long walk to fetch water Abdella wakes up at 5am every morning, before the sun rises in Afar, Ethiopia – one of the hottest places on earth. He takes about two and a half hours in each direction, and makes this journey twice a day to fetch water for his young family. He climbs up a mountain and down the other side to reach a water point that may be no bigger than a dinnerplate, no deeper than your fingers. And then he returns the same way. He takes a big step up over one of the rocks, the jerry cans in his hands full of the precious water he has walked so far to collect. Despite being used to the climb he still needs to take care. From the top you can see his world. The wide-open desert. The mountain ranges. The small houses a long way below. It’s easy to forget how beautiful it is here when your life depends on pitting yourself against the landscape. And now it’s time to begin the descent.
Maggie from St John Fisher Church told me why she signed up for the challenge “I took this on as a positive thing to do in Lent where, like many people, I usually give something up. I did also give up chocolate and alcohol. It sounded like a relatively easy challenge with the added bonus of raising money for an unbelievably worthwhile cause. Friends said encouraging things like offering to walk with me, telling me how much weight I was going to lose, how I was going to look so fit and trim. I was ready for the challenge …
Weight lost – none
Trimmed physique – still missing
Easy? Absolutely not!
The Challenge was to travel 10,000 steps a day, doing what you normally do and “topping up” to 10,000 if necessary. My challenge was to do 10,000 steps in addition to any normal steps. Working full time on a new demanding project meant fitting in a 4.5 mile walk after 5.30pm or at 6am. And I was amazed to find it SO tiring. But really, what do I have to complain about. When I get home I have a bucket of tea, I have a warm shower and wash my hair …Thank you to those of you who have already supported me so generously – if you have not done so yet and would like to, you can donate to my just giving page below.”
I would like to thank all our walkers in the Portsmouth Diocese you are all fantastic and truly inspiring . Please watch this thank you message from Christine Allen the Director of CAFOD.
Your last chance to donate to one of our wonderful walkers ….
Maggie from St John Fisher Whitchurch
Diana Polisano from St James & St William of York Reading
Alix from Fordingbridge
Mary from Winchester
Paula from English Martyrs Reading
Mary Anne and Robert Normand from St Peter’s Winchester
Matt from St Bedes Basingstoke
Ruth Cunio from Southampton
Matt Bewers from St Thomas Jersey
Charles from St James & St William of York Reading
Helen Shepherd Head teacher at St Mary & St Michael Primary school in Guernsey
Jill from Our Lady of Lourdes New Milton
Ian from Sacred Heart Hook
Journey in faith group from Southampton
Confirmation group at Woolhampton parish
Mel and Jack from English Martyrs Reading
Teresa and Phil from Our Lady of Sorrows Fordingbridge
Moira from St Edward the Confessor Chandler’s Ford
Weronika from Waterlloville
Annie and Richard from Corpus Christi Bournemouth
Paul Draper from St Thomas More Twyford
Yvonne Scott from St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Bracknell
Deacon Tony from St Bedes Basingstoke
Walkers from St Josephs & SS Thomas Havant
Southampton Parishes group
David from Our Lady Queen of Peace Earley
Janet from St Bedes Basingstoke
Sylvie from Portsmouth Cathedral
Judy from Sacred Heart Fareham
Judith from St Bedes Basingstoke