Teen treks Vancouver Island to fight child poverty
A Campbell River student is on a journey, walking hundreds of kilometres from Port Hardy to Victoria.
Ninth grader Janine Annett, plans on taking a million steps on her the way. She left Apr. 3 and is expected in the Cowichan Valley by Apr. 27.
She chatted with SunFM News while walking through Qualicum and said she is walking to raise money for child poverty.
“I think poverty is a huge issue, like even here in BC, one in ten kids’ lives in poverty. And I think something really needs to be done about it; I feel I have the power to do something about it, so I decided to use that.”
Annett is also stopping in several communities along the way to talk to students. She wants to empower youth to become active in their communities.
She calls it "A Walk for a Wish" and her goal is to raise $10,000, which is equal to one penny for every step. She has already raised $5,000 for her cause.
The money will go to build a school in, Barind Bhilo Ki, India.
Photo: Courtesy of Janine Annett
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