Setting out from St Jean Pied de Port in southern France on 13 September 2017, my objective was to walk the 800 km to Santiago de Compostela within 40 days travelling as a pilgrim (no luxuries!) and carrying a backpack (8-9 kg). In the process I was looking to raise $100,000.00 on behalf of Friends of Ossu and WaterAid to help fund a vital WaSH Clean Water Project in the mountain village of Ossu in Timor-Leste.
I am very pleased to report that I completed the walk in 37 days on 19 October. Money raised to date is around two-thirds of this target. Funds include donations through this website, private donations, sponsorship and community grants.
This is a fabulous result and I along with the Committee of Friends of Ossu, sincerely thank all donors and supporters for their generosity and kindness to this wonderful cause.
We will keep our donors and supporters well informed of the progress of the WaSH project.
Should others wish to donate, this website will remain open at least until April 1, 2018, so please encourage your friends and others to donate, even if just the cost of a cup of coffee - every dollar helps.
All donations over $2 made through this website are tax deductible and donors are issued with a receipt via email.
Please note that donors details will be shared with the Willoughby Friends of Ossu (www.friendsofossu.org.au)