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10 April 2013

1 000 miles to feed 2 500 learners

Every day thousands of learners in the Western Cape come to school hungry, 3 out of 4 being the exact statistic.

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Every day thousands of learners in the Western Cape come to school hungry, 3 out of 4 being the exact statistic.

This realisation has motivated husband and wife team, Ian and Leslie Hurst from Stellenbosch to attempt the famous Appalachian hiking trail in the USA with the aim of raising much needed funds for the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA).

The pair will hike from the top of Springer Mountain on the 19th of Apriland finishat Harpers Ferry in West Virginia on the 29th of June and everyone is encouraged tojoin them by pledging their support.
 
Celebrating its 55 year milestone this year PSFA, a registered non-profit organisation, provides 330 000 children at 757 primary, secondary and special-needs schools in the Western Cape with breakfast and lunch, daily. Under the motto ‘You can’t teach a hungry child’, PSFA have over the past 55 years prepared and served over 1.5 billion meals to learners in the Western-Cape at the cost of R395 per child per year.

2500 learners will be fed

 
Highlighting PSFA’s Adopt-a-Child programme, the duo, by hiking 1017 miles (or 1635 kilometres) will endeavour to raise R987 500 which will feed 2500 learners two meals a day. If only 1 child is ‘adopted’ for every kilometre walked, the Hurst’s will achieve their goal of feeding hungry children.
 
“We’ve seen first-hand the difference the organisation makes daily in the lives of thousands of learners and we wanted to contribute in a meaningful way and inspire the public to join us on this journey by supporting PSFA”, says Ian Hurst.
 
Andy du Plessis, PSFA Director said: “Ian and Leslie Hurst’s attempt to raise funds, by hiking this difficult trail, will also raise valuable awareness for the problem of hunger in schools and the work that PSFA does. We’ll be with them in spirit every step of the way”. 
 
Get in contact with 1000 Miles

Follow Ian and Leslie on their trail journal at
http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=14844
 
For more information please go to www.1000atmiles.com
 
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