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ON Saturday 9th June 2012, seven Michael Jackson fans from the UK walked 7.7 miles through London to raise funds for Everland Children's Home in Liberia on MJL's first ever sponsored walk.
As the weather defied days of rain, giving rise to glorious sunshine throughout the day, the scenic route took walkers through some of the main attractions of this historic city, including the Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Courtesy of walk organiser and long-term supporter, Rebecca Black, who painstakingly planned and walked the entire route before the day itself, participants were provided with a dedicated booklet containing interesting information on each of London’s major landmarks together with pictures and information on those places en route which have become an integral part of Michael’s past history in the capital.
The seven walkers, coming from as far afield as Manchester and Gloucester, completed the walk successfully and raised a total of £1388 between them. One dedicated walker, Barbara from Gloucester, raised an incredible £550 alone and thus won two open-dated tickets kindly donated by Mme Tussauds, for entrance to an attraction that Michael himself enjoyed several times.
Participants, many of whom hadn’t met each other until the event itself, bonded instantly and found it difficult to say goodbye once the walk was complete. It is our sincere hope that more people will join us for a similar event next year, and maybe a large-scale simultaneous sponsored walk for MJL could be established as a yearly event in many parts of the world in the years ahead. If you are from a country outside of the UK and would like to organise a ‘Miles for Michael’ walk to benefit MJL in future years, please do get in touch with us via the contact form on this site.
ABOVE: Walkers stop for photos at Oxford Street, the Thames, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben.