Kyle’s Walk of the World 2014 (Final) edition: 18 July 2014, Fourth Day Report

 

Kyle walked through the Via Gladiola, completing the 160 kms 4-day walk at 3:30 in the extremely warm Friday afternoon of 18th July, so he could collect support for orphans in the Philippines.

He is one of the 39,910 participants who earned their corresponding Vierdaagse Kruis (Four days’ cross) — in his case, his fifth and final one. The last day of the 98th edition of the Vierdaagse Nijmegen (Four Days’ Walk of Nijmegen) was the warmest ever recorded. Measurements of body temperatures of some paricipants reached beyond 39 degreees celsius! Kyle also felt that this was his most difficult day since he joined the walk in 2009. He experienced for the first time “asphalt legs” — first degree burns behind his calves up to the lower back portion of his thighs.

Fortunately, after quenching his dry throat with some cold soda and water, and enjoying a refreshing shower at our foster home – he was able to recover his strength, enough to take our train trip back to Utrecht.

You may still send your sponsorship through the official 4daagse sponsor site (until 22 July, not 18 July as earlier announced):

http://www.devierdaagsesponsorloop.nl/index.php/component/comprofiler/userprofile/wandelaar1821

OR through our bank account:

Account Name: Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen
IBAN: NL98INGB0004278866

BIC: INGBNL2A

OR through Paypal (through the DONATE button at the left-hand column of this page)

Once more, thank you to those who share Kyle’s cause! Together, we can always bring hope and healing to the orphans of human rights violations in the Philippines.


Kyle’s Walk of the World 2014 (Final) edition: 17 July 2014, Third Day Report

 

Today proved to be a surprisingly pleasurable day for walking, reports Kyle – thank goodness! Amidst all the warnings of warmer days ahead, some clouds came to the rescue and shielded the walkers from the glaring Nijmegen summer sun; humidity was also a bit lower than yesterday. Maybe it helped a lot that Kyle belonged to the batch who started off at 5:15 a.m. and maybe it also helped that today’s route has always been his favorite route (where there are hills and wonderful mini-forests along the way). Or maybe it was because the organizers provided for more water stations in anticipation of a warmer day.

In any case, we are very happy to meet Kyle and Boyen at the finish line at around 1:40 in the afternoon today. Kyle is one of the 41,110 people who started off during Day 2 (making a total of 1,188 people falling out from the 1st day’s 42, 298 actual walkers). We eagerly await the official statistics for the 3rd day.

Tomorrow, again in anticipation of warmer weather, the organizers have moved the atarting time to 15 minutes earlier, so, we will strive to ensure that Kyle can really take-off at exactly 6:00 a.m.! Then we can expect him to cross the “Via Gladiola” anytime between 14:00 – 14:30.

Kyle’s Walk of the World 2014 (Final) edition: 16 July 2014, Second Day Report

 

The second day of the Walk of the World (or Four Days Marches) was not as pleasurable as yesterday. Though Kyle was able to catch a few more sleeping time as he was scheduled to leave only at 6:15 in the morning, it turned out to be an exhausting day. This is because of the relative warmth ((in contrast to yesterday’s cloudy and cool weather) and the “very busy” route, according to Kyle’s father (and walking companion), Boyen. They clocked back in at the Wedren at around 15:45 (3:45 in the afternoon).

But it was a colorful day today – as many participants wore pink – Pink Wednesday as they call it here. Many cheerers have also occupied the seats meant to be used to welcome all the successful walkers on Friday. And, of course, you can hear music and feasting all around the city of Nijmegen.

We then treated our (most wonderful) Nijmegen family with a Filipino dinner. We served longganisa (Filipino sausages), fried rice, ginisang ampalaya (sauteed bitter gourd fruit), and tomato salad; and capped it with cassava cake for dessert. The longganisa and cassava cake were highly appreciated; while the ginisang ampalaya received mixed reviews – interesting and exotic for Marianne and Co, too bitter for Coby.

Kyle and Boyen are recovering their strength now – getting ready for tomorrow’s start at 5:15 in the morning.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who are accompanying Kyle with the walk – for all the greetings, the donations and the love coming our way! We would especially like to mention the warm efforts of our friends in Australia who have actually almost paralleled our collection (almost 500 Euros now) here in the Netherlands. THANK YOU!!!!


Kyle’s Walk of the World 2014 (FINAL) Edition: 15 July 2014, First Day Report

Kyle set-off at 05:15 in the morning, all ready to participate in the 98th edition of the Walk of the World (or Four Days Marches) in Nijmegen. He clocked back in at the Wedren at around 13:45 (1:45 in the afternoon).

53,844 people from all over the world have registered for the 98th Four Days Marches. Thus, 7,844 first-time entrants had to be excluded by a draw early in April. Interest in the Four Days Marches was greater than ever this year, beating the 2005 record by 508 registrations. The number of walkers disappointed by the draw also broke the previous record. The organizers limit registration to 46,000 people, prioritizing those who have done the walk at least once in the past, before taking in first-timers.

Kyle is one of the 43,013 walkers who confirmed their registration yesterday. From the 46,000 registrations, an average of 42,000 usually end up really doing the walk. Then around 200-500participants will still not be able to “survive” the day…

He went out of our foster home this morning determined to take the challenge of completing his final walk in the Four Day Marches in Nijmegen. Amidst forecast of relatively warm weather, he brought lots of water, a hearty lunch of rice with beef “tapa” (jerky) and a variety of muesli and fruit bars as snacks. He was also ready with a sun visor with the Philippine map imprinted on it.

He also greatly appreciates all the encouraging messages (and pledges of support) he received from friends, relatives and sponsors all over the world! With much pleasure and gratitude, we take this opportunity to announce that even before the 4Daagse actually started, we have already received a total of 400,00 Euros!

With this, we call on your kind generosity (again) to support Kyle’s walk in its FINAL year.

You may send your donation to:

Account Name: Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen
IBAN: NL98INGB0004278866

Please indicate: “Sponsor Kyle” then please send an email to kyleswalk@filipinochildren.net to inform us about your donation; we shall  likewise send you an acknowledgement as soon as we receive the amount in the bank. Since this will be the final edition of the walk, we will be collecting sponsorships until the end of August (so, please help us spread the word). For donations from outside the Netherlands, please include the BIC: INGBNL2A

You may also send your donation through the official 4Daagse site (but up until 18 July 2014 and for Dutch speakers only):

http://www.devierdaagsesponsorloop.nl/index.php/component/comprofiler/userprofile/wandelaar1821

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! Till tomorrow!

Kyle’s Walk of the World 2014

Come 15-18 July 2014, now 17-year old Kyle Baleva will be participating in the 98th edition of the Walk of the World in Nijmegen for the 5th time. This year, he will walk a total of 160 kilometers to gather donations for orphans in the Philippines. The amount collected will be sent to support the Children’s Rehabilitation Center’s Hand for an Orphan program.

Through the donations received from Kyle’s Walk of the World in 2009, six orphans were provided with educational and nutritional support for one year. In 2010, a total of about 40 orphans (aged 3 to 16) were able to participate in a peace camp. The activity provided these children a means to express their deep longing for peace and justice through creative work and play. In 2011 and 2012, the money collected was not only able to support some very basic needs of 6 young orphans, it made possible the organization of yet another peace camp participated in by about 100 children from different parts of the country!

In 2013, Kyle unfortunately had some health issues, hindering him from doing the annual walk. It is very heartening to note though, that some sponsors continued to send their support for the orphans even then. On behalf of Sugar, Karlo, Philip, Jan Karlo, Jackielyn Karla, and Lorraine, we thank you for your unwavering support!

We take this opportunity, too, to announce that this year is Kyle’s final walk with the Vierdaagse Nijmegen. As much as he would want to continue doing this to raise funds for the orphans back home, we foresee that next year will be a very busy one for him, as Kyle completes his 6th year from the Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium, and move on to the university.

You may send your donation to:
Account Name: Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen
IBAN: NL98INGB0004278866

For international transfers (from banks outside of the Netherlands), please include BIC: INGBNL2A

Please indicate: “Sponsor Kyle” and please send an email to kyleswalk@filipinochildren.net to inform us about your donation; we shall  likewise send you acknowledgement by email as soon as we receive your donation in the bank.