Conflict forces Sheffield charity worker to put fundraising challenge on hold

Liam Garcia on the first leg of his 11,095-miles charity walk, from Sheffield to Cape Town, to help eliminate water proverty
Liam Garcia on the first leg of his 11,095-miles charity walk, from Sheffield to Cape Town, to help eliminate water proverty
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An ambitious charity worker has been forced to put the brakes on an epic fundraising challenge because of foreign conflicts.

Big-hearted Liam Garcia set up The Long Well Walk charity in April 2012 after he came up with a bold idea to walk 11,095 miles, from Sheffield to Cape Town, to help eliminate water poverty.

The 28-year-old from Meersbrook, Sheffield, set out on his charitable adventure in March and clocked up an impressive 2,500 miles over the following five months.

But having made it to Sicily, Liam had to return to Sheffield because the next leg of the walk passed through a number of conflict zones in North Africa.

Undeterred, Liam is now back in England fundraising for the charity while preparing for the second stage of the walk.

“The first part of the walk was exhausting but really positive,” said Liam.

“People were so generous, not only in terms of donations, but also in providing food and places for me to sleep.

“I did want to do the challenge all in one go, which would have taken around two years to complete. I believe the last person who did it, took three goes.

“For now I’m back here raising money to continue our work in providing water and sanitation facilities to poor areas in Africa, whilst also looking for a sponsor to support me when I’m able to continue the walk.”

Liam hopes to pick up the route where he left off early next year.

The money raised from the walk will support communities lacking adequate water and sanitation across the sub-Saharan Africa.

“The aim is to support one community project in each of the ten countries I visit in Africa,” said Liam.

“So far we have completed five out of the ten projects we have planned.

“We’ve had incredible support from the beginning which has allowed the charity to develop.

“My focus now is on finishing what I have started.”

To make a donation or to sponsor Liam, visit www.zequs.com/campaign/walking-for-water