Walk for Wilai

By Fr Jim Carty sm

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Four years ago, I walked the Camino in Spain. 800 kilometres in 36 days!
Why? To take my life for a walk, and reflect on the many blessings gratuitously granted during 74 years of living and 50 years of priesthood, but especially to give thanks for the blessings, love, generosity, and sacrifice received from my devoted parents.

In September, I will walk another Camino in France (see map below). This time I will walk for Wilai (and many like her), a young girl living in Thailand who is parentless, homeless and stateless and bereft of all those gifts I have enjoyed and took for granted.

Will you walk with me along the way by sponsoring me to help provide Wilai (and other stateless children), with a future that offers hope, love, care and a place she can call home?

The distance is 740 kilometres.

At 78 years old, there are no guarantees that I will complete the journey but I’ll make a start and blog along the way. A link to my blog will be available here, once the walk begins.

All sponsorship money and donations will be collected by the Wilai Foundation Ltd. a registered Australian charity of which I am a Founding Member and Director.

You can read more about us here:

100% of all funds are used to directly benefit Wilai and other stateless children.

You can sponsor me for any amount you like, however these totals per kilometre may help you! (Just enter the amount you choose and enter it under "Enter other amount" and click "Donate".)

  • 1 cent per kilometre: $7.40
  • 5 cents per kilometre: $37.00
  • 10 cents per kilometre: $74.00
  • 50 cents per kilometre: $370.00
  • $1 per kilometre: $740.00
  • $10 per kilometre: $7,400

Thank you for your generous support. I look forward to sharing my walk with you and together we can BE the Village for Wilai, after all it does take a Village to raise a child!

Fr Jim

Distance and grades:

742.2 km +12996 m / -13491 m

1 Le Puy en Velay

Nestled between the Auvergne volcanoes and the Rhone Alpes valley, Le Puy en Velay is a charming small city that impresses visitors: head to Notre Dame de France at the top of the old town to enjoy the best views over the surrounding mountains.

2 Le Puy en Velay to Saint-Privat d'Allier - 24km

3 Saint-Privat d'Allier to Saugues - 19km

4 Saugues to Les Faux - 26km

5 Le Faux to Aumont to Aubrac - 20km

Easy Walking Option Stay in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole - 6km & 14km

6 Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals - 26km

7 Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d'Aubrac - 17km

8 Saint-Chély d'Aubrac to Espalion - 22Km

Easy Walking Option Stay in Saint-Come-d'Olt - 16km & 6km

9 Espalion to Golinhac - 27km

10 Golinhac to Conques - 21km

11 Conques to Decazeville - 20km

12 Decazeville to Figeac - 28km

13 Figeac to Cajarc - 31km

14 Cajarc to Limogne en Quercy - 18km

15 Limogne en Quercy to Mas de Vers - 28km

16 Mas de Vers to Cahors - 27km

17 Cahors to Montcuq - 29km

18 Montcuq to Lauzerte - 14km

19 Lauzerte to Moissac - 25km

20 Moissac to Auvillar - 19km

21 Auvillar to Lectoure - 32km

22 Lectoure to Condom - 29km

23 Condom to Montréal-du-Gers - 17km

24 Montréal-du-Gers to Eauze - 16km

25 Eauze to Nogaro - 20km

26 Nogaro to Aire-sur-l'Adour - 35km

27 Aire-sur-l'Adour to Arzacq-Arraziguet - 35km

28 Arzacq-Arraziguet to Arthez-de-Béarn - 29km

29 Arthez-de-Béarn to Navarrenx - 30km

30 Navarrenx to Saint-Palais - 28km

31 Saint-Palais to Larceveau - 17km

32 Larceveau to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - 17km

33 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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