400 miles for AIDS orphans
JUNE 05, 2006HappyNews Volunteer Contributor Two young Southern California men are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Geoffrey Nighswonger, 18, of Lakewood and Gregory Johnson, 19, of Long Beach, Calif. have chosen to walk back and forth for 400 consecutive miles between Seal Beach and the Santa Monica Pier along California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Nighswonger and Johnson want to raise public awareness of the plight of AIDS orphans in Kenya, East Africa. “It’s roughly 400 miles across the middle of the country of Kenya, so that’s how we came up with 400 miles,” said Nighswonger. He continued, “I’m so excited about this. We’ve already raised a ton of support and lots of people now want to help by sponsoring a child. It’s just so easy to make a difference.”The pair began their trek in the darkness of early morning on Thursday, June 1 and plan to walk for 40 miles each day. Nighswonger and Johnson are donating all funds raised to Tumaini International Ministries, a non-profit organization based in Southern California that serves to address the needs of AIDS orphans and build community in Kenya.To contact Nighswonger and Johnson, or for more information, please visit tumainiinternational.org.