In August, Canon Sam Randall will hike for 10 days through 300 kilometres of the Swiss Alps in aid of five Bradford-based charities.
He'll raise money for charities that support disadvantaged youth, rescue children from sex-grooming, facilitate cross-cultural encounters, improve the life of South Asian women, and get the homeless into accommodation. Sam says, "After 10 years as Bishop's Office for Church in the World, I'm leaving the diocese in September to begin a PhD on the Church and social justice, so I'm doing this hike as my last contribution to these disadvantaged communities.
"The route will follow the 'Jakobsweg' across Switzerland (part of the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela), and I'll begin on 23 August at St Peterzell in the Protestant German Appenzeller region, travelling through the centre of Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland, and finish in the French speaking Catholic region of Freiburg.
"Please sponsor me to support these important and effective charities* which make a lasting difference to some of the most disadvantaged communities in Bradford. I'll be keeping a blog so you'll be able to follow my progress (samandjoehike.blogspot.com).
Sponsorship through: www.justgiving.com - search for "Wellsprings"
*The five projects are: Inn Churches www.innchurches.co.uk; Hand in Hand www.childrenssociety.org.uk-hand-in-hand; BCDD www.bcdd.org.uk; @thebusstop http://www.emergeonline.org.uk/what-wedo/with-the-community/bus/; Marjam Project
The sponsorship will be administered by Wellsprings Together Bradford which is a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund, the Diocese of Bradford and other local organisations.