Misereor Fast-March 2001
For 19 years, the „Misereor Fastenmarsch“ has been taking
place in the Northern part of the Emsland. This year, there will
be again hundreds of – mostly - children and teenagers
participate in this march to show their solidarity with the poor
around the world. The 2001‘s march will take place on March 18th
to support a training centre for manual work in N’Djamena, the
capital of the republic Tschad in Africa (Misereor Project No.
The participants pick up a fast-march guide and look for sponsors
who will pay a special amount of money per walked/cycled
kilometre, as confirmed in their fast-march guide.
This march is unique in Germany. The participants collected
113,000.00 DM in 1998 for mine-victims in Kambodscha, 111,000.00
DM in 1999 for small farmers in Peru, and more than 123,000.00 DM
in 2000 for quarry-workers in Bangalore/India.
Fast-projects are the “heart” of Misereor. The catholic relief
organisation has supported more than 80,000 development-projects
with DM 8 billions since its foundation 43 years ago.
Within the last couple of years, many solidarity-marches have been
established to support Misereor-projects. It shows the possibility
to have fun by helping people around the world.
Fast and solidarity marches exist since the Middle Ages. At those
times. People marched to their landlords to ask for money and
Nowadays, we don’t cycle or hike because we are starving, but to
support the poor in the Third World. Furthermore, it aims to
broaden everyone’s mind and to work as a group.