|ALASHOCK - Alasholuyi Charles Kehinde|
If you are a Nigerian youth/adult and have indeed trekked or still trekking as a ‘mark of honour’ for the so-called Nigerian politicians outside of trekking to raise funds and/or awareness for a cause – then I am sorry, you are what Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde said you are, ‘Silly Youths Trekking Their Futures Away’.
If you must copy other people in other part of the world, why not copy with your sensibly? Why trekked for a mortal because he won and lost an election? Who does such a futile adventure anywhere in the world, I mean, who trekked 1000s of kilometers because one politician won or lost an election? Haba!!! Have you ever heard of people in other climes who trekked for a cause, for charity? People who trekked 1,000s of kilometers for weeks to draw attention to plights of other people and subsequently raised and are still raising money to support these people’s plights? I know people who had had cause to trek for charity purpose – while some are still trekking to raise funds for children who could not afford education; they are trekking to raise awareness level for Breast Cancer, Autism, to support orphanage homes, etc.
Please don’t misconstrue me, nothing is wrong with trekking – if it is for a cause. But I think it is a misplaced priority when some people embarked on trekking adventure for 18 or more days solely to honour a so-called ‘hero’ when there are 100s of 1,000s of causes in Nigeria to trek for; thereby creating massive awareness and raising funds for the needy. These Nigerian trekkers, could they stop this ‘madness’ and learn from people who are impacting their world by trekking for genuine causes? Could these trekking youths channel their energy into something more productive and impactful? I am still finding it difficult to understand, how on earth would youths full of energy, trekked and/or still trekking 100s of kilometers in futility, dispensing energy and seeking vain glory.
Let me share this impressive story with you…An American trekker, Phil Cihiwsky, 59, from Loveland, Colorado walked from San Diego, California to York Harbor, Maine starting his walk on March 4 and completing it on October 4, 2013. He walked 3,300 miles unsupported, crossing 15 states in 7 months while raising awareness about food insecurity issues among older adults for Meals On Wheels and encouraging the people he met along the way to support home delivered meal programs in their own communities.
Another impressive story of an American trekker - Arthur Hitchcock - A documentary/editorial photographer who, at age 19, walked from Long Beach, California to Augusta, Maine between May 11 and November 2, 2011. He walked approximately 4,100 miles (6,598 km), crossing through 17 states in 175 days. Hitchcock walked to raise funds for breast cancer research and aid to assist families dealing with the cost of hospital bills and treatments.
Imagine hilarious global headline on Nigerian these trekkers like, ‘Nigerian youths trekked 100s of kilometers to honour their ‘Election Heroes’…I like to read headline such as – Nigerian youths trekked 100s of kilometers to raise awareness and funds for children with autism, etc…
I beg you in the name of whatever you worship, next time when you are embarking on another trekking adventure…please be more purposeful and resourceful. You could change and impact your world by helping the needy people, the physically-challenged, orphans, etc while you trek. You could get the corporate bodies involved through sponsorship, they could kit you as you trek showcasing their brand logos, etc.
Below are links to some on-going trekking projects purely for charity purpose:
I am done, thank you. Remember, next time when you are going to trek, please trek responsibly…trek for charity.
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