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100 Mile Walk Initiative

The 100 Mile Hunger Walk is an annual event founded by CWS's Chief Sustainability & Impact Officer, Maurice Bloem, in 2012 to raise awareness & funds to to end hunger, poverty & injustice in the world.

 

Inspired by the spirit of volunteerism behind the CWS-sponsored CROP Hunger Walk, a community-organized charity event that takes place in over 500 locations across the U.S. each year, Bloem set out on his own journey.

The walk has a few key purposes:

(1) to raise awareness about hunger, poverty, displacement and disasters. (2) to celebrate and promote volunteerism, because doing anything for free is big deal & (3) to raise funds to end hunger, poverty, displacement and disasters.

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A few years back we decided to ask our participants to reflect and walk in solidarity with those who walk an average of 8 miles a day to access clean water, food and to get to work or school. We also began asking people to donate their miles walked. 

 

Their miles will be added to our collective goal of 690,000 walked miles by 2030 which are inline with the Global Goals plan to eradicate hunger by 2030. We chose 690,000 because it represents the 690 million people in our world who don't have enough to eat. We have collected more than 175,000 miles to date. This is fantastic! But to reach our goal we need YOUR help and your miles. So walk with us and walk with purpose.

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We are thrilled to announce that the 100 Mile Hunger Walk has been awarded the 2020 Pioneers in SDGs: Change Maker Award by The Journalists and Writers Foundation at this year’s United Nations General Assembly.

Our Upcoming 11th Annual
100 Mile Hunger Walk

This year's 100 Mile will take place from October 10 - 16 in Seattle, WA, but our fundraising campaign will run until the end of the year. We invite you and other advocates for a more just world to donate – and to join Maurice by walking in your own environments. All the proceeds go to support CWS's global programs that work to create a world where there is enough for all.

How does it work?

​Each year Bloem walks 100 miles through our CWS and CROP communities and spends his time meeting with our CROP volunteer teams, our beneficiaries, local community members, political officials, students, artists, and other like-minded individuals who work to support their community, end hunger, and promote a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. We will be kicking off this year’s walk on Monday, October 10, ending it by joining with the Kent, WA CROP walk volunteers and community members on October 16 and encourage those in the community to come out and meet with us as well. Additionally, Bloem is a Fellow at Seattle University and will be joined that week by his fellow Advisory Council Members who work with him at Seattle U’s Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement.

This year's theme is centered around the Inner Development Goals which is an “open source initiative” that is working to build a framework to “help accelerate the work towards the UN’s Global Goals”. This framework is made through co-creating and realizing that to create a better world for all, we must first unlock and grow our inner capacity, skills, and abilities to fully materialize humanitarian transformation.

 

As we continue to live with COVID-19, any events we join or meetings we have will follow all safety measures and protocols (face masks, safe distances, hand washing/sanitizing, etc.) to protect our community.

Ways to Get Involved

01

Sign up to walk or talk with Bloem

Monday, October 10th he will be walking around Seattle University. The rest of the week he will be walking throughout the rest of the city. Come out for 15 minutes or several miles.

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Make a donation or start your own fundraising page. All funds will go directly to CWS programs to help in creating a more just & sustainable world.

03

Subscribe and listen to the Walk Talk Listen Podcast which was started as a spin-off to the 100 Mile Walk. In this podcast Bloem attempts to connect people & make this world a bit better by sharing opinions & experiences based on the belief that everyone’s perspective is true albeit partial.

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Have any other ideas for a partnership? We are always looking to build our network with student organizations & academics, creating more public-private partnerships, & we love working with other like-minded individuals because we know that to create effective & successful development, inclusive & strong cooperation at all levels are key.

Our Schedule

Oct

10

Seattle University

 

From 10 AM - 4 PM we will be walking around the Seattle University campus. Sign up to come walk or talk with Bloem.

Oct

11

Bainbridge, WA

TBD

Oct 12

Lakewood, WA

TBD

Oct 13

Downtown Seattle

Bloem will walk the InterUrban Trail headed north from Pikes Place.

Oct 14

Seattle Waterfront

Bloem will walk from the Seattle Waterfront toward Alki Trail, around the beach and back up towards downtown Seattle.

Oct 15

Duwamish Waterway

 

Come out & join Bloem as he walks the Green River Trail from S. 102nd St. and W. Marginal Way S./SR 99 (Tukwila) towards Kent.

Oct 16

Kent, WA

Bloem will be joining our Kent CWS CROP Hunger Walk for their annual walk. Come celebrate with us as Maurice reaches his goal of 100 miles in one week.