We are very glad to report that Kyle was able to finish the 95th Vierdaagse Nijmegen at 13:36 in the afternoon of Friday, 22 July! He was able to hike a total of 120 kilometers in four days!
As in the two previous years, he was able to go through the entire event without suffering any blister or injury. All those who welcomed him at the finish line could not help but remark that he did not look like he walked those distances already. It was indeed a very good end to his three months training!
As of this writing, we have already received a total of €870,00 in the Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen’s account, coming from sponsors all over the Netherlands, some from Belgium, and also from the USA. We are happy to note that there were also 14 sponsors who donated a total of €370,00 through the official sponsors’ website of the Vierdaagse event. We expect to receive these donations soon in the foundation’s bank account. We also expect to receive the rest of the pledges in the next couple of weeks.
On behalf of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center’s (CRC) and the beneficiaries of the A Hand for an Orphan project, we would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors who have made this project a success! Thank you for extending your hands to these children. Together, we will accompany them in their long journey for justice and peace.
Tomorrow is gladiola day! The last day of the four-day marches…
On the third day of the Vierdaagse Nijmegen, Kyle clocked in at 13:59 (even if he started relatively late at 7:50 in the morning). They were the last of the luckier participants who were able to escape the heavy rains for the day. We just had to let the dark clouds pass by in front of a bar (they had a large parachute covering some tables and stools) somewhere in the central commercial district of Nijmegen before we went back home.
Home for the past 4 days is with our foster family in Nijmegen — Co and Marianne, plus an additional “sister”, Cobi (who wasn’t too fortunate with the rains). We are all ready to face the last day in the 95th edition of the Walk of the World.
We invite everyone to join us in welcoming Kyle at the Wedren, in Nijmegen. We expect him to arrive at about 14:00, so, we would like to advise those who plan to come to be in Nijmegen before then. Don’t forget the gladioli!*
* The international Four Day Marches, known as the “Walk of the World”, is the largest marching event in the world. Participants walk 30, 40, or 50 kilometers daily and on completion receive the Vierdaagsekruis medal, an official Dutch decoration. As participants approach the finish on Friday (22 July), the public awards the walkers with gladioli, a symbol of force and victory stemming from Roman times when gladiators were showered with Gladioli.
What started out as a very fine day for walking (Start time: 07:36)…
…ended up with medium showers (End time: 14:00)!
Kyle started the Four-Day Walk of the World at 7:48 and clocked back in at 14:21. He trekked the 32.8 kms. through the nearby municipality of Elst before going back to “de Wedren” (start and finish line in Nijmegen), walking at a pace of about 4km/hour.
More messages of encouragement and donations are also coming in. Again, our warmest gratitude to those who have contributed to this cause!
Tomorrow, 20 July (up until Friday 22 July), you may still follow Kyle (live!) via internet through http://www.de4daagselive.nl/30H297
Donations may be coursed through the official sponsor site of the Vierdaagse Nimegen: http://devierdaagsesponsorloop.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=2&id=5&did=284&src=
OR through the following bank account:
Account Name: Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen
Bank account number: 4278866
and for international transfers (outside of the Netherlands) IBAN: NL98INGB0004278866 BIC: INGBNL2A
Please continue to send your messages for Kyle through email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do please feel free to forward this action to your network as well.