INC members to stage global simultaneous charity walk

The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) will attempt to break its own Guinness World Record this weekend May 5 and 6 with the staging of a simultaneous charity walk across 44 countries, 33 territories and 18 time zones.

Worldwide Walk Sydney, February 2014. [TFA Photo]
Worldwide Walk Sydney, February 2014. [TFA Photo]

A total of 358 sites from the various INC congregations have signed up to participate.

Dubbed as “Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty”, the charity walk aims to break its own Guinness World Record set in February 2014 as the largest charity walk across multiple venues held in 24 hours. The 2014 event had 519,221 participants from 129 sites across the globe, situated in 16 countries.

Proceeds of the upcoming Worldwide Walk will be used to continue providing food and medical assistance for those in immediate need in impoverished communities. The INC also has projects in Africa where it also has established congregations which will also receive funding from this year’s charity walk.

The 2014 walk benefitted victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The global walk also helped finance the INC’s first resettlement and eco-farming community in Leyte, Philippines.

Australia Charity Walk

In Australia, Iglesia Ni Cristo members in capital cities and surrounding areas will walk simultaneously with their brethren in the Philippines who, based on reports, will start their walk at 6.00am Philippine time to terminate at the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park in Manila.

“The Church of Christ around the world unites in making a difference to people’s lives and help fight poverty,” said Bro Raul Adalla, District Minister of INC’s Ecclesiastical District of Australia East.

The Sydney-based Australia East district comprising of 36 congregations is one of three administrative ecclesiastical offices in the Oceania Region which covers New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory and Vanuatu.

The two others are the New Zealand district and Melbourne-based Australia West district which covers Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Papua New Guinea.

“Poverty is everywhere and does not discriminate against anyone. We can change it and we want to be a part of this change,” Bro Adalla said.

“For it is written in the Bible that whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it.”

Details of the charity walk sites in Australia received as of this writing:

Sydney Walk

WHEN: Sunday May 6)
WHERE:Sydney Harbour Bridge/ Sydney Observatory Park 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point
EVENT DETAILS
Registration Begins: 7:00 AM
Walk Begins: 8:00 AM
Officials: Possible Guinness Record Representative plus Professional Independent Witnesses
Participants: Over a thousand members of the Church of Christ will be gathering in the Sydney Harbour Bridge to participate in the World Wide Walk.

Brisbane Walk

WHEN: Sunday, May 6
WHERE: Apex Park (Woody Point) to Pelican Park (Contarf) in Redcliffe, Queensland
EVENT DETAILS
Registration Begins: 7:00 AM
Walk Begins: 8:00 AM
Officials: Possible Guinness World Record Representative plus Professional Independent Witnesses
Participants: Over 500 members of the Church of Christ will be gathering at the starting point at the Apex Park (Woody Point) in Redcliffe to participate in the WorldWide Walk. The finishing point of the walk will be at Pelican Park (Contarf).

About the Iglesia Ni Cristo

The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) is a global Christian Church that upholds Bible-based Christian teachings. It comprises 7,000 local congregations and missions in 143 countries and territories (around 370 local congregations and missions are in the US and Canada alone), and its membership consists of 133 ethnic groups and nationalities.

The INC continues to fulfill its pledge of sharing the Gospel and extending help through aid and services, promoting education, socio-economic well-being, environmental awareness and health improvement in collaboration with local governments and community establishments and providers. Its community and humanitarian services are carried out by the Aid For Humanity Program of the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation and also the worldwide volunteer force of the INC Giving Project.

*** Reporting by Dianne Caraig, Erwin L. Galapon, Maria Hernandez-Quioyo, and TFA Staff.

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