A walk to raise awareness about developmental disabilities and support Ummeed's work with children and families
This is following a phenomenally successful Walk for UMMEED 2022 where we had over 50 Walkers cumulatively walk more than 2000 Kms in support of UMMEED. The Walk 2022 was slightly different due to the uncertainty that COVID-19 had created; the official Goa Walk had to be called off. As an alternative, the UMMEED Walk Team organized an event in Mumbai adhering to all the safety norms. Most participating Walkers came together and walked in South Mumbai (maintaining social distance, of course! 😊), while some completed their walk targets virtually.
For our Walkers over the past many years, the Walk has meant a variety of things – great company, feeling fit, doing something for a good cause, meeting like-minded people, feeling empowered, etc. The route for the Walk is along one of the loveliest beaches in the world, with an early morning start and a gorgeous sunrise, three and a half hours to the northern tip, then back till the southern tip after a lunch break at the Taj Exotica. The final stretch of the Walk ends with an amazing sunset, pleasant temperatures and a huge sense of achievement. Attached are a few photographs.
55 Km sounds like a lot, and at one level it is, but with practice, willpower and companionship, it is possible. We do have a 33 Km option (to the northern tip of the beach and back to Taj Exotica for lunch) and a 15-25 Km option (walk 5-10 Km north and back, break for lunch, then walk 8-10 Km in the evening). So, there are lots of options.
A flavour of the 55 Km Walk for UMMEED experience, in which some of our Walkers have shared their motivation to do the Walk, tips around fundraising and their overall experience.
Most of the Walkers will arrive in Goa on Friday, January 20, 2023, and leave on Sunday, January 22, 2023. We will coordinate accommodation at the Emerald Palms Resort, Varca, but all costs related to travel, airfare, hotel accommodation and meals will be borne by the individual Walkers. Also, as in the past, each Walker is expected to raise at least INR 2 Lakh in support of UMMEED’s work.