Walk to a Better World
23 May 2016 | Blog | Supporter action
Sometimes it’s easier to walk away from the harsh realities of poverty; it can seem too overwhelming and too far away. But Australian poverty ambassador Matt Napier is doing just the opposite. Matt will be putting his feet to the test and walking his way to a better world by walking across Africa.
Matt Napier’s mission to end world poverty will see him walk 2,250 kilometres across Southern Africa, to raise awareness of the importance of reducing poverty around the world through sustainable change.
“As human beings, it shouldn’t matter where we’re born,” says Matt, “or what colour our skin is, or what religion we follow – we should all be given the four basics in life, which is food, water, basic healthcare and education.”
As part of the Walk to a Better World campaign, Matt will travel through four different African countries, kicking a soccer ball the whole way as a way of connecting with people from all walks of life. If that is not enough of a challenge, Matt will also be living below the poverty line (US$1.50 per day) as a way of experiencing and sharing how hard it is to survive on so little.
Matt’s walk aims to support sustainable development projects run by Caritas Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation, CARE Australia and Oxfam Australia . He encourages all Australians to donate as little as 1% of their income towards sustainable poverty alleviation.
“I’m hoping to help all Australians better understand the role they can play in ending world poverty in the next generation, and the importance of supporting sustainable development that works hand-in-hand with local communities” Matt said.
Matt’s three month journey will start on 5 June from Walvis Bay in Namibia. From there, Matt will walk through the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, across the top of South Africa and finish in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique on 20 August.
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