AUSTRALIANS are very charitable and generous, but don't always realise the extent of the suffering experienced by people in third world countries.
These were the sentiments expressed by Glen Hammermeister of Bulimba when he struck out on a 900km solo walk from Coolangatta to Sydney on Sunday.
With a 36kg pack on his back and a sturdy pair of boots, he embarked on his Walk Against Want with the aim to raise awareness of the plight of men, women and children in the world's poorest communities who have to walk long distances each day to collect clean water and food.
“It's one thing donating money,” the 27 year-old said. “This way I can gain a real sense of empathy.
“I know it's not going to be easy and that's the point of the exercise.”
Glen will stop in towns and cities along the NSW coast to speak with individuals, schools and community groups about the need for action and what can be done to provide lasting solutions.
He aims to raise $50,000 through his two-month walk, relying on his tent, backpack and the generosity of donors.
To follow Glenn's journey visit: http://walkagainstwant.blogspot.com/
To support Glen's journey, visit his website at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/glen_hammermeister.
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