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Volunteers Sought for GuluWalk Greenville

ECU graduate Neil Klinedinst (May ’06) is seeking volunteers to participate in GuluWalk Greenville, a 4.5 mile walk scheduled for Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m. at the Greenville Town Common.

The event is part of an international effort to raise money and awareness for the “night commuters,” children of northern Uganda who nightly walk up to eight miles in search of a safe place to sleep.Approximately 40,000 children from rural communities in Uganda “commute” to larger cities such as Gulu to avoid capture by a rebellion force known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The children gather to sleep wherever they can find safe haven, bedding down in such places as church grounds and bus stations. They return to their homes each morning.

If captured by the rebellion forces, the children may be raped, tortured, murdered, abducted and forced into abducting and murdering other children or even their own families.

More than 35,000 children have been abducted since 1986.

GuluWalk Greenville is seeking 200 individuals who would be willing to raise $100 each in sponsorships to benefit the night commuters.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised in the walk go directly to children’s programs in northern Uganda, programs that work to prevent AIDS/HIV, provide basic education, award scholarships or grants and facilitate peer-to-peer networking and support.

The remaining twenty-five percent supports ongoing educational and awareness efforts.

Last year, in the inaugural global GuluWalk, more than 15,000 people around the world collected more than $40,000 to support these children.

The goal for 2006 is $1 million. More than 100 cities in 20 countries are scheduled to run GuluWalk events this year.

For more information on GuluWalk, visit www.guluwalk.com. For details on the Greenville event, or to register as a volunteer, contact the GuluWalk Greenville Committee Chair, Neil Klinedinst at 252-917-1938 (e-mail, Nok0421@ecu.edu) or committee member Kenneth Taylor at kat0809@ecu.edu.

4/23/07
This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.