Londoners to participate in GuluWalk in support of abandoned children of northern Uganda

The Optimist Travel Team

Last updated 10/22/2008 1:34:58 PM

On 25th October, active Londoners will be participating in a charity walk starting from Sloane Square to Trafalgar Square, in support of abandoned children of northern Uganda.

GuluWalk is an international campaign of Athletes for Africa, which was started by two Canadians, Adrian Bradbury and Kieran Hayward.

They first heard the stories of the night commuters of northern Uganda in the spring of 2005. They read unbelievable accounts of children — as many as 40,000 — walking from their rural villages into the town of Gulu and other urban centres to sleep in relative safety and avoid abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for use in the country’s 22-year war.

The plight of these children inspired GuluWalk, a 31-day night commute to raise awareness about their harrowing reality.

Every evening in July 2005, Adrian and Kieran walked 12.5 kilometres into downtown Toronto to sleep in front of city hall.

At sunrise, after about 4 hours sleep, they made the trek home. Both men continued to work full-time and attempted to maintain their daily routine to mimic the lifestyle endured by the Acholi children of northern Uganda.

On GuluWalk Day in October 2007, over 30,000 people in 100 cities in 16 different countries took to the streets to urge the world to support peace in northern Uganda.

Since it's inception, GuluWalk has raised over $1-million for the children of northern Uganda.

GuluWalk co-founders Adrian Bradbury and Kieran Hayward have been recognized in 2005 as Newsmakers of the Year by Maclean's magazine, while Adrian's writing on the conflict continues to appear the National Post, the Sudan Tribune and Uganda's Daily Monitor.

GuluWalk London will begin at 10.00am and finishes at 12.00pm. To participate or volunteer visit http://www.guluwalk.com/uklondon/