August 25, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Although their feet might be full of blisters and it's raining heavily, 32 Saint Anselm students continue their annual trek from Lewiston, Maine to Manchester, New Hampshire. On Saturday, August 22, the Saint Anselm College students began their journey, walking 130 miles in eight days. This year they have raised more than $15,000 for nine charities in Maine and New Hampshire.
"I walk because it allows me to connect with charities through advocacy as well as direct service," says student-leader MaryPat Devine '15, a fine arts major.
This is the 17th year that Saint Anselm College students, through the Office of Campus Ministry, have made this modern-day pilgrimage (also known as the Road for Hope (RFH)), walking in all kinds of weather.
Walkers stay in a variety of accommodations while on their journey, sleeping on gym floors, in churches and parks. They rely on the kindness of shop owners, charities, and even an alumnus' parents for hospitality and a moment's rest.
Throughout the week, the six student leaders meet with the charities they are supporting to learn more about the organizations' needs and to provide additional volunteer support.
The group also spent some time with the walk's founder, Fr. Seamus Griesbach.
"Fr. Seamus was the brave soul who decided to walk to school form his home in Lewiston, Maine, unknowingly creating a tradition that has touched thousands of lives," says Devine.
He reminded the students that essentially they were just taking a walk. "His simple act allows us to better connect with the land, each other, and most importantly ourselves," he says.
The students are expected to return to campus on Saturday, Aug. 29, welcomed back to campus by friends and family.
The charities receiving support include Maine's Birthline (Catholic Charities) of Portland, Community Concepts of Lewiston, Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn, and Sanford Parent Resources Center in Springvale. New Hampshire charities include: St. Charles Children's Home and the Recreation Arena and Youth Services (both of Rochester); the Candia Moore Drug Awareness Program in Candia; Kids Café in Manchester; and Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown.
Follow them on their journey through the Road for Hope blog.