Led by student trail guides from Kids for World Health, 150 people hiked through Saxon Woods on Sunday, April 26 to raise funds for a pediatric clinic in Chad. The project collected approximately $4,000.
The clinic, the first in Chad, but the fifth funded by KFWH, will treat children with sleeping sickness or trypanosomiasis, one of the four diseases targeted by the organization.
After spinning the Wheel of Misfortune and “getting a disease,” hikers read signs describing corresponding symptoms and treatments, should they be available, as they walked along the trail.
The walk aimed to mirror the experience of sick patients in rural areas who have to trek to clinics as far as 75 miles away from their homes.
“I thought the Hike-a-thon was a really inspiring and fun way to spread awareness about how difficult it is for thousands of people to receive basic healthcare,” said Ariel Russ, co-president of the KFWH chapter at Mamaroneck High School.
“It was an amazing event,” agreed Eric Strumwasser, who helped found KFWH in 2001. “It took a lot of time and effort from not only founders, but from chapter members as well, and it definitely paid off.”
A pavilion provided additional exhibits on the four target diseases and the history of KFWH and included photos by the Murray Avenue School chapter.
Patrice Schwartz, chapter advisor at Murray said, “I was so proud of the member’s involvement in the presentation of their work.”
Charles and Daniel Lichtenaur, leaders at Harrison High School, helped monitor trails. Chapters in Harrison include over 200 members who work each year to support KFWH goals.
“I am hopeful that each year will bring additional community residents out to support our local students,” said Kay Kobbe, founding teacher. “Created by teams of students and adults, the event provided not only a day of family engagement, but one of education of global health concerns among all people of our world. After all, as the students noted in 2001, ‘Life is important to all people.’
You Can Still Contribute:
To contribute, please send checks to Kids for World Health at PO Box 557, Larchmont, New York 10538. Kids for World Health would like to thank an anonymous Larchmont resident for helping sponsor the event, and A&P of Mamaroneck, Stop and Shop of Larchmont, Cocoa, Mrs. Green’s and Trader Joes of Larchmont, and the Coca Cola Co. for their generous donations of food and water.