Kyle’s Walk of the World 2012 has begun!

Kyle woke-up today at 5:00 in the morning to gear himself up for the first day of the Vierdaagse Nijmegen. By 6:00 o’clock, he, together with his father and co-walker/friend Coby, stepped out of our foster home (owned by the greatest couple in Nijmegen, Marianne and Co!) onto the starting line at the Wedren.

Though this is the 4th time that Kyle joined some 45000 other walkers of the Four-day Walk of the World, this will be the first time that he will be walking through the 40 kilometer route. He used to walk a total of 120 kilometers, now he is registered to go through a total of 160 kilometers in the upcoming 4 days. As he turned 15 last year, he took the challenge of taking the normal adult distance in this year’s walk. He trained hard for this, also hoping to get more sponsors for the orphans back home (in the Philippines).

Weather forecasts were telling us to expect a rather wet 96th edition of the Vierdaagse Nijmegen. And registration day (yesterday) proved to be really rainy! But we are hoping that today will be a little bit drier – Kyle hopes to walk under cloudy skies and only through intermittent showers.

You can find where Kyle is along the route by following him via the internet. Just go to the website: , type Kyle’s “loopnummer” (walk number in English): 40G461, and follow him through the green route today. Dag 1: Elst (Day 1: through Elst)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have sent in their donations already! We have actually received the total amount of 275 Euros in the Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen account, while the official Vierdaagse Sponsorloop site shows a total amount of 285 Euros. These donations and messages have come from all over the Netherlands, Germany and the US.

You may still send your contributions through:

  1. The Vierdaagse Sponsorloop site (in Dutch), by clicking on the link:

and further clicking on the red text “Ja, ik wil graag Kyle sponsoren” below his write up. Please fill the form page up and your donation will be transferred to our account after Kyle crosses the finish line on Friday.

Or if the link does not lead directly to Kyle’s page, go to: go to “HOME”, click on “Ik wil doneren” (found on the right hand column of the page), then type in BALEVA and click on “ZOEKEN”, then click on the red lettered “PROFIEL” and you should find Kyle’s page. Follow the instructions above.

  1. OR directly to our bank account:

Account Name:         Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen
Account number:      4278866 (for bank accounts from the Netherlands)

For international transfers (from banks outside of the Netherlands)
IBAN: NL98INGB0004278866

Please indicate “Sponsor Kyle” and please send an email to to inform us about your donation; we shall send you an acknowledgment (also by email) as soon as we receive your donation in the bank. Likewise, we will send you periodic updates (during and after the walk, end of the year), and the full terminal report of the project by first quarter of next year.

We have received more pledges amounting to about 600 euros and encouraging messages from friends all over the world. You may still help us to help more orphans in the Philippines by sending in your contributions and sharing this letter to your friends!

Thank you and we will be back later this evening to report on Kyle’s first day.