Wish for Africa Foundation


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The 4th annual Walk4WISH event 2011- 20/08/2011

This year Walk4WISH was proudly sponsored by ARIK AIR, CANUK & NORDICA and we thank each of them for their support of our work.

After a few grey days we woke to sunshine and made our way to set up at the usual meeting point, Morrisons Thamesmead. 10 o’clock arrived and we were looking a little thin on the ground…African time O, soon the numbers had expanded to around 50! It was great to see many of our loyal supporters, although many had sent apologies of holidays and prior arrangements. It is also really fantastic to see new faces and there were many, thanks to all of you.

Ready to Walk4WISH

It is always good to hear that people have gone that extra mile to join us and Sesan had certainly done that, he travelled over night by car/ferry from the Hague, Holland to be with us, what a show of dedication! Helen had travelled from Heathrow not knowing where Thamesmead was and not knowing anyone, Ann-Marie & Romeo had been handed a flyer the evening before by Femi and decided to join us to see what we were about. Femi also spoke on Naija FM prior to the walk & received a phone call with an offer of photgraphy. Tomi our youngest regular donator asked her mum to change a holiday to the USA so she wouldn’t miss the yearly event. So many people from a variety of areas, social backgrounds, ages, nationalities all joining together for a fun day in aid of a good cause.

The adults walked the 2.5 km all at their own pace, whilst the children rode there bikes and scooters as well as walked, run, skipped and hid. The walk took its usual route along the Thames Path, 2.5km to the half way point. Here we rested and eat a packed lunch, kindly and generously donated by an anonymous well wisher. Sandwiches, crisps, sweets, drinks and fruit were enjoyed by all. We sat and listen to some talks from different friends of WFA about their personal involvements with WFA. The usual photo opportunities were had and everyone chilled and chatted before embarking on the next 2.5km back to Thamesmead.

The sun kept shining until the return leg when it started to rain and by the time we had reached Morrisons we were a little wet to say the least. Still we were not defeated everyone crossed the finish line still smiling and had a warm welcome from Femi. Then we said our goodbyes, gave lifts to stations to those that needed lifts and went home to rest our aching feet.

A huge thank you once again to all those that attended this years Walk4WISH and just to remind you that you can still sponsor any one of us for our efforts. Jo Watts and Femi Olaleye can be contacted for information on how to send your donation. Every amount however small or large can help in our plight to improve healthcare in the deprived areas of Lagos, so please think about it, whether a one off donation of a monthly/yearly payment. It all helps us provide to care we want to be able to give.