42-km trek raises money for development
AMHERST – A 42-kilometre trek from Amherst to Northport has resulted in more than $2,000 being raised for Uganda Venture.
Alisha Gaudet, who has been to Uganda twice, and Susan Robichaud made the walk recently to raise awareness and funding for the international project that supports development programs in the Mpigi District.
“It was awesome,” Gaudet said of the support the pair received during the walk that took just over seven hours to complete. “We had a few people who walked with us the entire distance while there were others who walked with us for a bit. We had people meet us at the end of their driveways to offer support and make donations.”
Gaudet said neither her nor Robichaud had high expectations when they set out on the walk at 6 a.m. last Saturday and both were blown away by the response.
The pair is planning to repeat the walk next year and Robichaud is interested in going to Uganda herself. Gaudet also hopes to return for a third time.
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.
It believes in long-term partnerships and grassroots projects where local individuals and communities are considered partners. The main objective is to collaborate in hands-on projects that are mutually beneficial and deliver long-term results.
Programs include an embroidery co-operative with Ugandan women allowing them to gain their own income and providing more economic stability within their families. There’s also infrastructure development that has seen schools, homes and female orphanages completed.
There is also a micro-finance program that allows Ugandans to receive loans to enhance their economic stability and create their own business, while through the Infectious Disease Institute Uganda Venture provides AIDS testing in the community.