Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission has agreed to match fund the money raised by this year's World Aid Walk, which takes place two weeks today.
This will be the fourth year that the organisation has matched sponsorship raised by the hundreds of walkers in the Bailiwick, supporting some of the world's poorest countries.
As in previous years, it has asked the beneficiary charities to give details of a specific project which will use the funds to directly improve the lives of those living in poverty.
"The Commission is proud to continue its match-funding partnership with the World Aid Walk," said its President Deputy Emilie Yerby. "For the past three years we've doubled the amount raised by walkers, all of which goes towards the fantastic work being done by local charities in some of the poorest parts of the world. The World Aid Walk is a real celebration in Guernsey's community spirit and generous hearts and the Commission is delighted to be able to amplify its impact."
Pictured: President of the Overseas Aid and Development Commission Deputy Emilie Yerby.
Last year, the World Aid Walk raised £35,000 which was then doubled by the Commission. Among the projects which have benefited from the overall £70,000 were the construction of shallow wells in northern Tanzania, the purchase of mosquito nets for families in Kagera, Tanzania and the rebuilding of a school damaged in the Nepal earthquake.
This year the World Aid Walk and Overseas Aid and Development Commission will support the following charities:
The 2019 World Aid Walk will take place on Monday 6 May in Guernsey, Herm and Sark.
You can find more information and sign up to take part here.
Pictured top: Some of the walkers taking part in the 2018 Wold Aid Walk (image from worldaidwalk.org.gg).
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