A KEEN walker and teacher is putting her best foot forward with the help of friends to raise funds and the profile of an African orphanage.
Jacqui Madden is rallying the Saddleworth community to support her Forever Angels charity walks on Saturday, June 30 from the Kingfisher pub in Greenfield.
Forever Angels provides interim care for orphaned and abandoned children in Tanzania.
It focuses on reuniting children with relatives and empowers local families to provide care in their own homes.
“This summer I will be travelling to Tanzania to undertake a voluntary position in the ‘Forever Angels’ baby home,” explained Jacqui, a member of Nordic Walking Saddleworth.
“It is set in one of the poorest areas of Tanzania.
“They have also set up a programme, ‘Misha Matters’, where they are working with families to educate them in nutrition and empower them to be self-sufficient with small business plans.
“This charity really pulls at your heart strings,” added Jacqui.
“Amy Hathaway, the founder of the orphanage who has just received an MBE for her amazing work, is also joining us on the walk with her family.”
With help from Nordic Walking Saddleworth Jacqui is organising 5K and 10K walks to help raise funds for the charity.
“We are hoping this will be a successful and uplifting event,” she said.
“It will start and finish at The Kingfisher, which will be the main hub and where a variety of businesses will have stalls. There will also be raffles and face painting.”
Entry costs £10 for adults, £5 for children (16 and under) while a family of four can take part for £25.
Registration is at 9am and the first groups will set off shortly afterwards.
Caroline Fisher, founder of Nordic Walking Saddleworth, said: “We are proud to be working with Jacqui to put on a charity walk.
“She has been a member of our group for a couple of years and has always been an enthusiastic and bubbly presence with a huge love of life and for people around her.
“So, it was no surprise to us when she made the decision to go and work in an orphanage in Tanzania this summer.
“It seemed appropriate to put on a charity walk to raise money for this great cause.
“The walk is for both Nordic and non-Nordic walkers and we hope families will come along and enjoy a lovely walk and some fun and entertainment around it.”
NWS members recently returned from a weekend of walking and fun around Stratford-upon-Avon with Mercian Nordic Walking.