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.
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.
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.
The 11th Annual 100 Mile Hunger Walk
This year's 100 Mile will take place from March 26 - April 1, 2023 in Seattle, WA, and our fundraising campaign will run until then. 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.
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.
To learn about more ways to get involved and join us next year, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org