After setting out to complete the 175-kilometre distance in late October, Dmitrijs Meiksans has completed the fundraiser for Andover Trees United.
The Member of Youth Parliament for North West Hampshire set out to walk 175.6 kilometres over a fortnight, from the 2nd – 15th November, in late October and has recently finished the fundraiser, walking 5 kilometres more than he initially planned to.
It was most definitely a challenge and I have never done anything like this before but it was gratifying to see the local community gathering to support me as I walked quite a long distance and for such an important local cause, Dmitrijs said.
All of the monies raised will be going towards local environmental charity Andover Trees United’s fundraising to build a sustainable cabin which will encompass a volunteer base, a classroom and more storage space for the charity’s equipment. The charity continues to fundraise to build the Cabin which will be located on its 44-acre-site behind the East Anton Sports Pavillion in Augusta Park.
My legs are most definitely sore and a lot of my shoes need a good clean, especially after some of the days I walked during heavy rain, which had caused a lot of mud to build upon the paths around the site. he continued. As the national lockdown was introduced for the Thursday of the first week that Dmitrijs intended to walk, he preserved and said that “[he] would keep on walking until [he] is no longer allowed to [by the Government guidelines]. He documented his daily adventures on his Instagram page, allowing his followers to see how the fundraising attempt was going. “I felt it was really important that I kept people up to date with how I was doing,” he said, “and it was a great opportunity to promote the work of Andover Trees and how people can get involved.
Wendy Davis, Projects Coordinator at Andover Trees United, said:
We are feeling inspired by, and hugely grateful to, Dmitrijs for completing this challenge and raising much needed funds for the cabin. It’s been a tricky week both in terms of bad weather and the rise in local infections but he has not been perturbed and we applaud his resilience. Well done Dmitrijs!
The fundraiser has so far raised £250 and it will continue to be open until Monday 23rd November 2020. Dmitrijs walked 179.54 kilometres, totalling 111.56 miles. Anyone can donate towards Dmitrijs’ efforts by going to www.tinyurl.com/WalkWalkWalk2020.
Photo: Dmitrijs Meiksans MYP at Harmony Woods