The Third Annual Walk To Africa was another hit with the Santa Monica community this year. On June 26th, 600 people participated in the 8 mile walk-a-thon to raise money for Lighthouse Medical Missions. Over $55,000 was raised which will fully fund two medical teams next year! Thank you for helping to make this day a big success.
We started off with a pre-race publicity visit to the Adidas Store by Michael Lahoud, Sierra Leonean midfielder for the Chivas USA soccer team. Mike has been a big support to our mission in Africa, having fled the country just before the civil war. Signed jerseys by Mike and by World Champion Los Angeles Laker Derrick Fisher were raffled off at the Opening Ceremony, courtesy of the Adidas store on the Third Street Promenade.
Five African Pastors and their wives were visiting the United States and attended the Opening Ceremonies from the countries of Camaroon, Burkina Faso & Sierra Leone. The Opening Ceremonies were also blessed by former LA RAMS defensive lineman Rosey Grier who opened the Event with prayer. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom was on stage to give a special greeting and welcome the crowd. Our guest of honor was Emma Esther Shiota, a beautiful ten year old girl, rescued from near death in Sierra Leone at the age of one by her now adoptive parents Jane & Fred Shiota. We thank the Shiota’s, our Title Sponsor, for their generous support and are glad they could make the trip to join us this year.
Silly Amy the Clown helped to bring fun to our two mile Children’s Walk and Family Fun Zone. The youth band, The Golden Monkey’s, also sang some rousing sets which kept everyone energized throughout the day.
Thank you again to all who walked, pledged, sponsored or volunteered to help make the Third Annual Walk To Africa a memorable and successful day!