November 14, 2009 WALKING, WALKING, WALKING

Wheels to Africa asks you to participate in

“Walking, Walking, Walking”

A tribute to the children of the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda

In recognition of the passion and commitment of the African students of the Arlington Academy of Hope in the Bumwalukani village of eastern Uganda, Wheels to Africa volunteers will walk 5 miles from Alexandria to Rosslyn, ending at a sign painting rally to celebrate and prepare for the upcoming 5th annual Wheels to Africa bike collection on December 5th. 

Wheels to Africa (WTA) was honored to welcome Mr. John Wanda, founder of the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda, at the October 18th WTA volunteers kickoff meeting to talk about the mission of his nonprofit, and to express his appreciation for being chosen as a recipient group for donated Wheels to Africa bikes this year.  At the meeting, Mr. Wanda explained the importance of the school to the children in this very rural village in Uganda, and described how some of the school children walked more than five miles every day to attend class. 

Inspired by this story, Wheels to Africa volunteers have organized an event on November 14, 2009, to walk and bike together for five miles along the Mt. Vernon Bike Trail.  The event, called “Walking, Walking, Walking,” also honors the mission and goal of Wheels to Africa, founded by an 11-year old Arlington boy, Winston Duncan, to collect and send bikes to needy communities in Africa.  Winn started the organization in 2005 because he was struck by the amazing will of the African people to overcome adversity in the face of enormous challenge.  Winston, now 15, recently was a Notable Recipient of the Leon H. Sullivan Summit Award, honoring his “exemplary contribution to help the poor and disadvantaged. 

We ask you to join Wheels to Africa volunteers on the walk on November 14.  We are requesting a $25 tax deductible contribution per participant, which will go toward the costs of the rally and the bike collection.  You may also want to sponsor a walk participant that day.  Please contact WTA organizers at any of the following addresses for more information and details about the event: wheelstoafrica@gmail.com; lauramadden2009@gmail.com, sherwoodjt@sbcglobal.com.

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