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94 walks for 94 years

by Michael Ford last modified 11 Jun, 2020 04:21 PM

Inspired by the extraordinary fundraising accomplishments of Captain Tom Moore, 94-year-old former Church Mission Society (CMS) missionary Canon John Harwood is embarking on a fundraising challenge of his own.

He is planning to do 94 walks – one for every year of his life – from his home in Nile St, Emsworth in Hampshire, to his local church, St James, Emsworth, a total distance of 47 miles, nearly double the length of a marathon.

Harwood, who has never previously completed a marathon or long-distance event, is managing to complete 2 walks every day, and so far has raised more than £2,000 for CMS people on mission in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. After completing walk number 32, Harwood said he was relishing the challenge, adding:

“I’ve not had any blisters but I do have to sit down to take a rest mid-walk.”

Harwood expects it will take another month to reach his total of 94 walks. To officially mark each of his walks, Harwood deposits a numbered slip in the rectory letterbox at St James’ Church.

Alastair Bateman, CEO of Church Mission Society, said:

“John’s effort is a great example of the energy, commitment, and faithful dedication characterised by CMS missionaries throughout our history. All of the CMS community is with you - praying for you, walking with you [in spirit] and willing you on, as you take on this epic challenge.”

For more information about John Harwood’s “94 walks for 94 years” fundraising challenge, visit his JustGiving page.

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