NSW Premier opens 10th annual Manly-Manado walk to raise funds for Compassion's Child Survival Program

09 Sep, 2015

Hundreds of people have joined in the Manly-Manado walk this year raising over $23,000 for vulnerable mothers and their babies living in Manado, Indonesia.

Organised by Seaforth Baptist Church, who has partnered with Compassion Australia for over ten years, this year’s walk from Spit Bridge to Manly was officially opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Mr Baird said it was encouraging to see his own Northern Beaches community get behind a great cause. “For the past ten years the Manly community has come together to show its support for our Indonesian friends and it’s great to see that compassion on display again today,” said Premier Baird.

To date, over 2,400 people have taken part in the Manly-Manado walk, which has raised a total of nearly $300,000 over ten years.

Justice Pastor Vikki Howorth from Seaforth Baptist Church said the walk had grown over the years into a major community event that gave locals the opportunity to play their own part in making a difference in the lives of children and families in Manado.

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“It’s so encouraging to see the community get behind this cause,” said Justice Pastor Howorth

“We are just one local church but through our partnership with Compassion we have had the opportunity to connect with Getsemani Baptist Church in Manado and support them to transform the lives of mothers and babies living in poverty. It’s a partnership that our church has been inspired by and benefited from.”

This year, participants were each given a picture of one of the 50 mothers and babies in the Child Survival Program in Manado as a representation of whom they were walking for.

Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna said the partnership between Seaforth Baptist Church and Compassion was an outstanding example of how the local church can be empowered to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

“Compassion is all about the local church. We partner with local churches in the countries we work in to fulfil our mission and these partnerships are always based on mutual respect, common goals and a belief in the value of children,” said Mr Hanna.

“We are so grateful for our partnership with Seaforth Baptist Church and the many other churches we partner with throughout Australia. The Manly-Manado walk is a fantastic event because it brings together so many people who are passionate about releasing children from poverty.”

Compassion’s Child Survival Program supports vulnerable mothers and their babies living in poverty during their first critical years of life. It operates in 25 developing countries around the world and is implemented by local churches. For more information or to donate please visit: www.compassion.com.au/support-child-survival

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