Walk To Africa, the first annual fundraising Walk-A-Thon for Lighthouse Medical Missions was held Saturday morning June 27th, at 8:00 AM at Crescent Bay Park in Santa Monica, California.
The event was a huge success with over 400 persons participating in the 8-mile walk. The day opened with music, a deejay, an appearance by Trevor Arriza of the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers and Isaiah Washington, formerly of Grey’s Anatomy.
Prayer was offered for the event by Sierra Leonnean Pastor Edward Saffa. Other African Pastors in attendance were Peter Dore of Liberia and Aruna Bangura of the Ivory Coast. After the National Anthem, the horn to signal the beginning of the walk was blown by Santa Monica Mayor Ken Genser.
8:00 AM signaled the start of the (adult) Walk To Africa with the Children’s 2-Mile Walk To Africa beginning at 9:00 AM. There were four African Water Relief Stations at every two mile marker for rest and refreshment. Each water station was sponsored by an African Nation where Lighthouse Medical Missions has conducted a clinic. They included Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi and The Gambia.
The first walkers started arriving at the finish line after approximately 2-1/2 hours where the Children’s Walk To Africa participants were already enjoying the Family Fun Zone. It was an enjoyable day for all.
Overall, more than $40,000 was raised from this event. Thanks to all who helped to make it a success. Mark your calendar for next year’s Walk To Africa on June 26, 2010.