Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Walk the Rock - a big success in more ways than one...

It's been a little over a week since the completion of “Walk The Rock” and I am still filled with a mixture of emotions.  Hiking Gros Morne Mountain has been a dream of mine for quite some time.  So, while it was planned as a fundraising event... it was also the fulfillment of a personal dream. For the eleven people that joined me,  it may have represented different things. However, we had one basic goal in common as we hiked and talked -- the fulfillment of dreams and the lives that were going to be changed because of the money that we all worked together to raise!

What started out as a simple hike for me and Wendy Pauls (Director of Communication and Development for PI), grew into a team of twelve (plus a monkey).  As the twelve of us reached the 2644 foot summit, there were shouts of jubilation from everyone, amazement from some, and for me, the realization of dreams fulfilled...and NOT just my own. As I walked across the top of the mountain, tears filled my eyes, relief filled my face and pure pride filled my chest. All the dreams that had already been fulfilled in Ghana, Africa flashed through my mind only to be followed by visions of the dreams that were yet to be fulfilled:  Dreams of children like Isaac, who desperately needs a wheel chair; James and Patricia, who need one dollar a day to eat at their school’s feeding program; or Linda,  who dreams of seeing an eye specialist and receiving glasses; and the many other dreams of the children and elderly in the cured leprosy village. I can honestly say that I was overwhelmed. For some this hike may not have been difficult, and for others it was truly a challenge both physically and emotionally. But looking back at it just over a week later, the sense of accomplishment is amazing! I am so proud to have been part of the “WALK THE ROCK” Team 2011 that raised over $5300.00 dollars for the hurting, helpless and hopeless of Ghana Africa!

I say a BIG thank you to ALL of our hikers and supporters.  We can do far more together than we could ever do alone….

Sherry Peters

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