- Valdosta, Ga. - March 14, 2012 -
Imagine what it would take to walk across the state of Florida; imagine what it would take to walk across the country from coast to coast.
That's exactly what Barrett Keene was doing when he charged through Downtown Valdosta Thursday.
Draped in full athletic apparel from his running shoes to his sports backpack Keene travels light. One look at the man throwing one foot before the other vigorously, dawning dark sunglasses and cranking fast-paced music on his I-Phone, and it is plain to see he is on a mission. That mission is to help orphans around the world.
Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg found Keene marching his way under the J.M. Beck Overpass into downtown Valdosta. Or shall we say Keene found him. Keene saw Gullberg's WCTV news truck and was all too happy to tell his courageous tale.
"I'm sure there's some amount of courage there but really what it is, is we're all called to act. And it's not about walking across the country, it's about choosing to give and to serve, and in my case specifically to orphaned and abandoned children that are having a tough time," Keene told Gullberg.
Keene left South Beach, Miami on January 28th. Just over two weeks into his journey, Keene is only at the beginning.
He is walking all the way to San Francisco, Calif. to raise money for orphans in Uganda and Haiti. His journey benefits the "Global Orphan Project". He's part of a program called "Go Walk America".
"Go Walk America" invites individuals and organizations to donate school uniforms ($20 each) for orphans and other children in need. He tells Gullberg that each school uniform helps create local jobs, sends children to school, and sustains orphan care.
"Go Walk America" is sponsored by "LegacyChamp.com".
To learn more about "Go Walk America" and "The Global Orphan Project" visit "LegacyChamp.com/GWA". There you'll also learn about the 350K Mile Challenge that invites walkers, bikers, runners and swimmers to participate for a charitable cause.