Walking for Uganda

Darrell Cole
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Amherst women making 42-km trek on Saturday

AMHERST – Alisha Gaudet and Susan Robichaud are going for a walk on Saturday.

However, instead of walking around the block the two Amherst residents are walking 42 kilometres to Northport Provincial Park to raise money for Uganda Venture, a project that supports development programs in the Mpigi District of the central African country that Gaudet visited for a second time in April.

“I had the opportunity to go to Uganda on two occasions and with my personal experiences there meeting these people and learning their stories I felt I had to do more to help them and raise awareness,” Gaudet said. “It has made me passionate about helping them out because they’re my friends and like my family.”

The walk begins at 6 a.m. by the Rotary Centennial Park on Willow Street and concludes several hours later in Northport. Gaudet and Robichaud will make their way to the provincial park along Route 366, stopping in Tidnish, at the Tidnish General Store and again at Craig’s Grocery.

The pair said people are welcome to join their for part of their walk and they will be collecting pledges for Uganda Venture along the way.

“We have been doing a lot of walking to get ready,” said Robichaud, who has been friends with Gaudet since she was a child. “We walked for a few hours each day and now we’re up to three hour walks. We’re not sure how long it’s going to take us, but we’re prepared for several hours.”

The idea of a walk came from a plan by Robichaud to walk 42 kilometres when she turned 42 years old. While the walk didn’t happen then, Gaudet persuaded her to do the walk as part of a fundraising venture.

Robichaud has been actively working with Gaudet in fundraising and provided the music (John Lennon’s Imagine) in a YouTube video she shot to raise awareness of what she is doing.

Uganda Venture is a project of Navigators of Canada that started in 2006. Since then, it has been promoting transformational development to Ugandan communities while helping Canadian volunteers better understand world poverty.

Gaudet said the Navigators of Canada is a non-profit organization and all the money raises goes directly to support people and projects in the Mpigi District. None of the money goes into the hands of the Ugandan government.

Robichaud said donations can also be dropped off at Amherst Chiropractic and a tax receipt will be issued.

For more information, go to www.ugandaventure.com.


Twitter: @ADNdarrell




Organizations: Tidnish General Store

Geographic location: Amherst, Uganda, Mpigi District Northport Provincial Park Rotary Centennial Park Willow Street Northport Canada

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