The Second Annual Walk To Africa 2010, held Saturday morning, June 26th was again a huge success.
Beginning at 9:00 AM, over 600 people gathered at Crescent Bay Park, on Santa Monica Beach to begin the Opening Ceremonies. Nearly 100 people signed up the day of the event! Even tourists came to support the walk-a-thon, hearing about the event at our Adidas Store pre-packet pickup on the Santa Monica Promenade just a few days prior.
Mark Steines, co-host of Entertainment Tonight was once again the emcee. The day began with music produced by Phillip Kim of N-Soul Records. On stage to welcome the crowd and offer prayer were Sierra Leone Pastors Edward & Rita Saffa as well as Ralph & Brenda Bowen from Senegal with their three adopted African children, Lydia, Moses and Joseph.
Athletic Trainer Tony Marino warmed up the crowd with exercise moves to the tune of “YMCA” to ready everyone for the start. Our National Anthem was then sung by 14 year old Tristan Miller from Village Glenn West School. Her performance was inspiring.
As the crowd moved to the starting line behind the parade banner, Santa Monica City Councilman and two-time former Mayor Richard Bloom blew the horn signaling the start of the Walk. Four water stations were located every two miles along the scenic 8-mile route through the streets of Santa Monica. Each water station featured a country where medical missions have been held: The Gambia, Liberia, Burundi and Sierra Leone.
The Children’s Walk was a rousing success with over 75 children participating along with Silly Sally The Clown who led the way. Our expanded Family Fun Zone kept everyone entertained with face painting, balloon sculptures, cotton candy, games, prizes and relay races wile waiting for the return of the Adult Walkers. It was an enjoyable day for all.
Overall more than $40,000 was raised from the event. Thanks to all who helped to make it a success. Mark you calendar for next year’s Walk To Africa, June 25, 2011!