August 19, 2011
A total of 40 Saint Anselm College students will walk 130 miles in eight days starting Saturday, Aug. 20, when they leave Lewiston, Maine, for Saint Anselm College on the 13th annual Road for Hope.
The walkers will raise money for nine charities, many of which they will visit while on their pilgrimage. Road for Hope participants will return to campus on Sunday, Aug. 28, helping to mark the opening of a new academic year at Saint Anselm.
"The Road for Hope seeks to provide funds for the needy, strengthen the bonds in our communities, and rekindle the belief that every footstep makes a difference," according to the Road for Hope mission statement. "In a time when most of us are speeding through life, the Road for Hope speaks to the value and joy of a slow walk."
Walkers stay in a variety of accommodations while on their trek, 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 the 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. To learn more about this program visit campus ministry's Web site.
Road for Hope Schedule and Route
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