We are delighted to announce that Team Belgravia successfully completed its mission to have each member walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for one week as part of the 'Walk In Her Shoes' fundraiser. They have raised over £2,100 to help Care International already, and donations are still coming in.
The charity Care International helps to fight poverty in the world's poorest areas. Each year they run a fundraising week called 'Walk In Her Shoes' where participants are sponsored to walk at least 10,000 steps per day (approximately 5 miles), with the proceeds going to Care.
The reason behind the step-count challenge is in recognition of the girls and women in areas affected by poverty, such as Ethiopia, who often miss out on an education due to having to spend their days walking long distances to collect water for their family. These daily trips are made on foot by adults and children as young as 3 years old.
Team Belgravia features our Chairman, Mike Harris, MDs Marilyn and Jonny Harris, and Specialist Hair Loss Nurses Mariana Almeida, Elly McCormick, Patricia Goncalves and Edyta Wener.
"I first heard about the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ campaign when I was reading the Big Issue" said Elly. "The campaign really stood out for me because I feel very lucky for the life I have and the endless opportunities I have at my doorstep. So it is important to me to give back to those who have so little."
Whilst keen walkers like Marilyn, who has recently completed the Rome Marathon, as well as a 60k walk in India and a 100 mile walk in Belgium, may have found it easy to meet the 5 mile-per-day step count, others had to find ways to fit it in to their daily routine in order to become one of the campaign's 'Everyday Heroes'.
Elly explains, "By adding extra steps into our daily routine over the last week, Team Belgravia has been able to raise enough money to provide a water well close to the village where the children and women live so that they will no longer have to spend much of their day walking to find basic necessities of living. Instead, these children will be able to attend school and gain an education which they would have otherwise missed out on."
Belgravia MD, Jonny Harris added, “I didn’t realise what a challenge it would be until I got started! However it was definitely worth it for a great cause and I’m glad we managed to raise so much money.”
We hope you'll join us in saying a huge congratulations to all involved. You can see how this money will be used in the video below, and if you would like to make a donation, simply click here then press the green 'Give Now' button.
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