‘For we walk by faith, not by sight’ – 2 Corinthians 5:7
The Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association – Sydney has held its annual Walk-A-Thon on Sunday 7 October.
More than 300 Sydney faithful gathered at the front of Greenfield Park’s St Hurmizd Cathedral at midday to commence the 10km walk. Before embarking on the journey each walker released a balloon into the heavens.
From the Archdiocesan Cathedral the walk moved through the Fairfield area and concluded at the future site of Ss Peter and Paul Church in Cecil Park. At every 2 kilometres young volunteers were at checkpoints confirming the participants had reached the checkpoints. Medical staff were also present to ensure the safety of all participants and to attend to any medical issues arising.
Walkers were sponsored by family and friends to walk the 10 kilometre route. All funds raised will go towards the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO), the Australian charity, Children’s Starlight Foundation and the general projects of the Assyrian Church of the East in New South Wales.
Leading the walk were the Reverend Cor-Bishop Ashoor Lazar (Parish Priest, St Hurmizd Cathedral), the Reverend Cor-Bishop Gewargis Haaron and Reverend Narsai Youkhanis (Youth Chaplain).
As the walkers reached the fifth checkpoint, buses transported them back to Edessa Hall where food and entertainment was organised to express the gratitude of the Youth Association to all the enthusiastic participants.
All participants received a package consisting of a customised bag, water bottle and orange colour shirt as a souvenir of this year’s immensely successful walk.
It is noteworthy that the Melbourne congregation of the Assyrian Church of the East will embark on its inaugural Walk-A-Thon in late October.[nggallery id=401]