Local walkers join in the fight against global child poverty - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Local walkers join in the fight against global child poverty

(Source Walkwithcompassion.com) (Source Walkwithcompassion.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)– Hundreds of Oklahoma City and Tulsa residents will Walk With Compassion on Saturday, October 1 alongside Compassion International, a Christian child development organization that is helping to release more than 1.9 million children worldwide from extreme poverty. The non-competitive walk event will challenge participants to understand the daily realities of children living in extreme poverty, while raising funds to meet their most urgent needs.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m on October 1, the one-day event will take place October 1 at Stars and Stripes Park located at 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive in Oklahoma City and at Haikey Creek Park located at 11327 S. Garnett Road in Broken Arrow. Day-of registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Using the Walk With Compassion app, families, groups and community members will be guided along a 1.5-mile loop that includes seven hands-on stations. Each station illustrates real-life challenges of children born into poverty, including housing, food, water, and falsehoods that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. The free event, which is the culmination of participants’ fundraising efforts, offers interactive activities for the entire family to discover.

“This is unlike any walk event you’ve ever been involved in,” says Johan Moum, Walk With Compassion national director. “Walkers are doing more than just raising money. They will not only help to change the trajectory of a child’s life but also will come away as inspired and informed advocates to join Compassion's global cause of rescuing children from poverty.”

The World Bank estimates that 700 million (9.6 percent of the global population) live on less than $1.90 a day (USD). In the areas where Compassion works, nearly one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 124 million children worldwide do not attend school mostly due to causes surrounding poverty, according UNESCO.

Funds raised will go toward the most urgent needs of Compassion children that are not included in a traditional sponsorship, including emergency medical care, access to safe water, emergency housing, food, and care for abused and orphaned children.

For more information about Walk With Compassion, visit WalkWithCompassion.com, @CompassionWalk on Twitter, and https://www.facebook.com/walkwithcompassion on Facebook.

Copyright 2016 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Discover Oklahoma- Blake Shelton opens Ole Red in Tishomingo

    Discover Oklahoma- Blake Shelton opens Ole Red in Tishomingo

    Monday, April 24 2017 5:07 PM EDT2017-04-24 21:07:38 GMT

    There’s a lyric in one of Blake Shelton’s early hits that talked about “ole red’s itchin’ to have a little fun.” Well a lot of people will be having fun when Shelton opens an entertainment venue called Ole Red later this year in Tishomingo. 

    There’s a lyric in one of Blake Shelton’s early hits that talked about “ole red’s itchin’ to have a little fun.” Well a lot of people will be having fun when Shelton opens an entertainment venue called Ole Red later this year in Tishomingo. 

  • Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

    Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

    Monday, April 24 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:58:14 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:58:14 GMT

    U.S. officials say the Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it.

    U.S. officials say the Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it.

  • Ex-Fox News guest: Hannity made 'uncomfortable' advances

    Ex-Fox News guest: Hannity made 'uncomfortable' advances

    Monday, April 24 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:56:58 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:56:58 GMT
    Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News contributor are "100% false and a complete fabrication.".
    Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News contributor are "100% false and a complete fabrication.".
Powered by Frankly