On April 20, the first Walk with Compassion will take place in West Los Angeles (though they have been occuring for some years in other parts of the city). Brittany Glenn and her husband, Kristian, are organizing the walk, which sees people coming out to end childhood poverty across the globe.
According to their mission statement, Walk with Compasssion, is designed address the challenges to vulnerable children around the world that go beyond what monthly sponsorship covers. The money raised helps to fund critical needs such as: Medical emergencies; disaster relief; HIV/AIDS response; Caring for unsponsored children; and clean water.
Brittany says her interest in the organaztion stems back to 2007.
“In the fall of 2007, a Compassion representative came to my husband’s campus of Pepperdine University and spoke about the organization,” she explains. “That is when Kristian (my husband) started to sponsor a child named Nester and began writing back and forth through Compassion’s” program. A couple years later, Kristian received a letter notifying him that Nester was tragically struck by a car and was killed. Needless to say, that experience was very hard to deal with as Nester and Kristian became very close through their letters. After we started dating a couple years ago, he shared with me Nester’s story and, because I was so moved by it, I started sponsoring Maria the very next day. A year or so into our relationship, we were invited to attend a Compassion training session for volunteers and sponsors and were introduced to several people who work at Compassion International. Through those conversations and additional training sessions, we were told about their new fundraising event platform, Walk with Compassion.”
The walks began in 2015 and now take place in 40 plus cities across America.
“We wanted to help put together this event as it directly supports the children both in the program and out of the program (i.e. those who do not yet have direct sponsors),” Brittany explains. “These Walks’ funds go directly to Compassion’s general fund which supports needs of malaria nets, access to clean water, disaster relief and much more. Participants walk a two mile interactive loop, then gather back at the expo area for some post-walk entertainment. Registration begins at 9am and the Walk kicks off at 10am, finishing at Noon. It’s for all ages and is a “go at your own pace” walk. It is a great way to give back to those in need without leaving your hometown! We will be hosting the Walk this year at Tongva Park in Santa Monica, right next to the pier. The loop is along the beautiful Santa Monica cliffs in the Palisades Park that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.”
All each and everyone of us needs to do to change a child’s life, is to particpate.
“Participation is key,” she says. “It helps bring awareness to your community, but we can guarantee that at each of the stations set up along the walk, you will walk away learning something that you didn’t know before.”
As for Kindness & Hope, to Brittany, it is simple: Making a difference.
“It’s all about giving back,” she says. “That’s why we are so excited about bringing this cause to our town for many years to come!”
Put your jogging shoes on and Walk Poverty Outta the Park!
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