Tuesday, 9 June 2009

All in a good cause

The day got off to a good start. Saturday the 6th June; a sponsored walk organised by one of the women from the local church in Ullapool. The aim, to raise funds for the building of a hospital in Khanewal, Pakistan. Fiona was staying in the area recently and saw for herself that the people where she stayed have no access to medical health care. No doctors, no clinics, no hospital so, she decided to do something about it.
The walk, across vast areas of emptiness started  at Loch a Bhraoin before  winding it's way up, and over hills, along tracks, down by streams, across moors and finally ending at Kinlochewe. A distance of fifteen miles.
The day was warm and I was ready for lunch by about half past ten!
The joy of walking in the wilderness is indescribable
 We were about twenty in number
and walked at different paces!
but it was such a privilege to walk with people (when I could catch them up!) that were born here, and have spent their lives here. They seemed so at home in the hills. The knowledge they have and their memories of childhoods spent in this vast wilderness adds a  new depth and dimension to this already awe inspiring part of the world.
It was a day of walking and and getting to know one another, sharing and learning about the people you so often see but don't make the time for.
A thousand pounds, I heard was a possible sum that may have been raised by our weary feet and blisters!

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