Maddy Palmer and Claire Jackson are taking part in a fundraising effort to support women and girls who walk hours every day for the life-giving water needed to keep their families alive.

Take a walk for a change

Claire Jackson, Maddy Palmer and Anya Harrison are three Nakusp students who are participating in CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes campaign.

Claire Jackson, Maddy Palmer and Anya Harrison are three local grade ten students who are participating in CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes campaign. Walk In Her Shoes is a fundraiser where participants challenge themselves to walk 8,000 steps everyday for eight days to raise money and awareness to empower women and girls to fight poverty.

CARE is the foremost international humanitarian organization in Canada committed to defending dignity and fighting poverty by empowering women and girls around the world. CARE empowers women and girls by working to improve gender equality, improving access to health services, providing education, building and rehabilitating water/sanitation systems, and livelihoods assistance. CARE will use the funds received from Walk In Her Shoes where the need is greatest. For every one dollar raised, 87 cents goes directly towards communities in developing countries.

“We chose to take on this project because women and girls in the developing countries walk hours each day to collect basic necessities such as water, food and firewood to keep their families alive,” Claire Jackson told the Arrow Lakes News, “By raising funds and awareness, we will be giving the women an opportunity to face less of these daily hardships.”

“We’re hoping that when people hear about what we’re doing, they will be inspired to support us walk or join us,” said Jackson, “Our goal is to raise $250 each by  May 31, 2012.”

For more information visit http://care.ca/get-involved/walk-in-her-shoes or contact Claire at 250-265-4818 or swanf@telus.net.