Walk for Wilai

By Sister Lia

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A little bit of context

The establishment of the Wilai Foundation Ltd. in 2016 was inspired by Wilai, a young girl living in Thailand who was both an orphan and stateless. The Wilai Foundation has since grown, offering direct support to several girls living in similar situations and actively working to obtain citizenship for them.

In September 2017 Fr Jim Carty (78) walked an incredible 740 Km on the first ‘Walk for Wilai’ to raise money for the Wilai Foundation Ltd, on the Camino in France. This outstanding effort by Fr Jim has inspired us to launch the Walk for Wilai 2021, journeying on the Australian Camino.

The Walk for Wilai

The Walk for Wilai will follow the Australian Camino, from Portland, Victoria, to Penola, South Australia. These two towns connect two significant places in the life of Saint Mary MacKillop, our Australian Saint. The first few days will include clifftop and beach walks, as we follow the coastline from Portland to Port MacDonnell, then inland and north to Penola via Mt Gambier. The Walk for Wilai will measure over 200 km, averaging a daily walk of 20 km.

You can join us

Be part of it by offering your support through encouragement, sponsorship and donations for each pilgrim. Each pilgrim will carry the name of their sponsors with them on the pilgrimage. So you will be a valued part of the event.

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Team: Merrylands Sister Lia