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Australian Anthony Cunrow and UK native Greg Dedman, will set off next week to take on the United States wilderness and walk 1,000 miles (1,600km) across the world famous picturesque Pacific Crest Trail and every mile of the John Muir Trail in California to raise much-needed funds for not-for-profit Australian organisation Whitelion. The pair estimates they will leave 2,000,000 footprints along the way as part of the ‘Footprints for the Future’ project in the hopes of raising 10,000 dollars. One hundred per cent of all donations will go directly to Whitelion. Anthony and Greg plan to begin their challenge on June 3 and finish the walk on August 8, 2012.
Melbourne-based Anthony said, “Walking 1000 miles through the Pacific Crest Trail is a test of courage and Greg and I will have time to reflect on and appreciate the opportunities we are fortunate enough to have. Too many people pass through life without a chance to determine who they are as a person, so we want to use the walk as a platform to raise awareness for a wonderful charity which supports young people in our communities.”
Whitelion supports and empowers young people involved or at risk of being involved in the Youth Justice and Out-of-Home Care systems to reach their full potential by providing role modelling, outreach services and employment programs.
Mark Watt, Whitelion CEO said, “Everyday heroes such as Anthony and Greg restore people’s faith in helping out others, who find themselves facing less than ideal circumstances, by doing something as simple as walking. We are honoured they chose Whitelion to support and wish them a safe journey.”
Anthony and Greg will begin the 1,000 mile walk at Lone Pine, located near Death Valley National Park in the Great Basin of the USA. They will then head west to Mount Whitney (4,421m/14,505ft), the highest summit in the contiguous United States. From there, they will wind their way north, passing through well know national forests, the Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The pair will document their journey from beginning to end through weekly postings to their blog, www.footprintsforthefuture.com and will carry a spot device to provide Twitter updates and contact their support network.
Pesel & Carr would like to wish Anthony and Greg all the best on their challenge!