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Students Walk 130 Miles for Charity

August 23, 2014

Cory True
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

For ten charities including Kid's Café, St. Charles Children's Home, and Good Shepherd Food Bank, 36 Saint Anselm College students and six student-leaders will walk 130 miles from Lewiston, Maine to Manchester, N.H., August 24 - 31 as part of the annual Road for Hope.

Road for Hope participants pose for a photoIn each of the last 16 years, Saint Anselm students have raised money for charity and walked--rain or shine--on this modern-day pilgrimage. Participants have raised more than $19,250 in this year's efforts.

"Since sophomore year I have been asked why I walk the Road for Hope and the answer, at first, always sounded the same, ‘I do it for the charities that we sponsor,'" said student-leader Erin Connolly '15. "I think I truly understood how to answer the question after my experience last year."

"We had been singing songs all morning, and at one of our water breaks a lady pulled into the parking lot just to get our attention, and to tell us her story. She said her mother had been diagnosed with a terminal illness just a month prior."

"When we walked by their home singing and cheering, her mother began laughing and smiling for the first time since her diagnosis. This woman drove around town for more then a half hour trying to find us just to share with us this little sign of hope and to learn about our journey."

Throughout the eight-day walk, the six student leaders meet with the charities they are supporting to learn more about the organizations' needs and to provide additional volunteer support.

Two 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, but always find the energy to break into a sprint when they make their final march, up Saint Anselm Drive and onto campus, where friends and family await.

Five 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.

Follow them on their journey through the Road for Hope blog. See photos on social.anselm.edu as they become available.

To make a donation to the Road for Hope, contact Campus Ministry at Saint Anselm College, (603) 641-7130.