Charity Walk for Peace expected to be ‘best yet’

Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Hundreds of walkers are expected to trail through Petersfield as part of an event to raise money and strengthen community ties.

The Charity Walk for Peace takes place on Saturday 4 May and will see participants ramble a 5km course through the centre of town and the surrounding area.

The walk is arranged by AMEA UK (Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association) in association with East Hampshire District Council with the objective of raising money for 16 local charities.

The walk begins and ends at Penns Place, includes a shorter route for those that want it, and offers a medal and a free lunch for everyone that takes part.

Last year more than 300 walkers took part, raising more than £10,000 for good causes, and organisers hope they will beat that benchmark this time around.

Muhammad Luqman Choudhry, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association, said: “The Charity Walk for Peace is really gathering pace and we expect it to keep getting bigger and better.

“The aim of the walk is not only to raise thousands for local charities but also to bring the community together.

“The Ahmadiyya message is ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ and that is a message that should resonate with everyone.”

Cllr Laetitia Pienaar has been working with the organising team since the walk launched in 2017.

“We are hoping this walk will be the best one yet,” she said.

“The route itself is not too challenging and it always generates a wonderful, friendly atmosphere. And once you have crossed the finish line you get a medal and a free lunch for your efforts!

“You can sign up for the walk for free, as that lets us know how many to cater for, and you can download a sponsorship form to help raise money for this year’s chosen charities.”

Register for free by going to https://charitywalkforpeace.org/charity-walk-for-peace-2019-petersfield/.

The charities receiving money from the 2019 Charity Walk for Peace include:

Age Concern Cowplain
Age Concern, Petersfield & District
Artscape, Havant
Broadlands Group Riding for the Disabled Association
Bushy Leaze, Alton
Challengers, Guildford
Chestnut Tree House, Worthing
Crossover, Liss Youth Centre
Dementia Friendly Petersfield
Fitzroy Support, Petersfield
Home-Start Butser, Petersfield
Home-Start Hampshire, Farnborough
Kingsley Organisation, Kingsley
Liss Lunch Club
Rosemary Foundation, Petersfield
Treloar Trust, Alton