August 20, 2013
Communications and Marketing
"Some of us never imagined taking a journey like this, but we found the will within ourselves each day," said Leanne D'Entremont '13 of her experience walking the Road for Hope.
For nine charities including Kid's Café, St. Charles Children's Home, and Good Shepherd Food Bank, 35 Saint Anselm College students and five student-leaders will walk 130 miles from Lewiston, Maine to Manchester, N.H., August 24 - 31 as part of the annual Road for Hope.
For the last 15 years, Saint Anselm students have raised money for charity and walked--rain or shine--on this modern-day pilgrimage.
"I am really excited to be out on the road but I am also really interested in meeting with the charities and seeing firsthand what they do," said student-leader Eric Boumil.
Throughout the journey, the five student leaders meet with the charities they are supporting to learn more about the organizations' needs and to provide additional volunteer support. Boumil, a senior history major, has planned a trip with his organization, Community Concepts to see a neighborhood that is the result of their charitable work. Community Concepts offers housing, economic and social services for families in Maine.
"Meeting with the charities definitely deepens our journey on Road for Hope (RFH) because it allows us to establish a personal connection with organizations that we have been working with year after year.
"These organizations often go about their work unrecognized outside of a local level, so showing them that we not only want to donate to them, but we want to take on more of an active, personal role I think shows them the appreciation they deserve. It also adds more meaning to the walk when the walkers are educated about each charity they work for by being visited by the charities," said Boumil.
Three Saint Anselm College Emergency Medical Services students are also along for the ride, volunteering their week to care for their fellow students' well-being and feet.
Walkers stay in a variety of accommodations while on their journey, sleeping on gym floors, in churches and parks. They brave sore feet and blisters, yet when they make their final march, up Saint Anselm Drive and onto campus, where friends and family await, they are ebullient.
Four Maine charities including Birthline of Portland and Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn, receive proceeds from the walk. The New Hampshire organizations that benefit are: St. Charles Children's Home and the Recreation Arena and Youth Services, both of Rochester; the Candia Moore Drug Awareness Program, in Candia; Kids Café, in Manchester, and Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center, in Goffstown.
To make a donation to the Road for Hope, contact Campus Ministry at Saint Anselm College, (603) 641-7130.