August 24, 2012
Communications and Marketing
On August 17, 47 Saint Anselm students begin the 130 mile trek from Lewiston, Maine to Saint Anselm College on the 14th annual Road for Hope. Walking-rain or shine-the students raise money for nine charities in Maine and N.H., many of which they will visit while on their walk.
It is a modern-day pilgrimage that, in the words of the mission statement, "seeks to provide funds for the needy, strengthen the bonds in our communities, and rekindle the belief that every footstep makes a difference."
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: Saint 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 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.