Caminant per el Món amb la Polly.

Posted: 25 Agost, 2008 in Tailandia

Polly amb el seu carret

Polly amb el seu carret

 

Avui a la classe d´anglès a la Universitat, hem llegit un article que m´ha tocat la fibra, sens dubte una història que mereix la pena ser reconeguda i admirada per tothom.

Aquesta és la història de la Polly Letosfky, una dona nord-americana que ha caminat durant 5 anys seguits per el voltant del Món acompanyada tant sols per un ¨carret¨de nens petits a on hi portava totes les coses necessàries per poder sobreviure, menjar, aigua, roba i poca cosa més…

La Polly, va decidir deixar-ho tot i començar a recórrer el Món caminant arran de la mort de la seva tieta a causa d´un càncer de mama. Va focal-litzar la seva passió a partir d´aquell moment a ajudar al màxim de persones possibles que pateixen càncer. La seva meta va consistir en recaudar fons voltant el Món a peu per ajudar als investigadors que treballen buscant fórmules de curació d´aquesta enfermetat tant terrible.

Va començar a caminar quan tenia 37 anys, ha recorregut a peu més de 22.371 quilòmetres per quatre continents, ha utilitzat 29 parells de sabates, mai ha descansat, no s´ha posat mai malta i ha recaudat més de 200.000 dòllars americans, ( 135.600 euros ). Digne de ser admirat!!!

Quan va tornar als Estats Units després de 5 anys, el primer que va dir va ser: ¨Crec que he aconseguit el meu proposit, ¨Segurament he pogut ajudar a molta gent, em dono per satisfeta¨.

Jordi Meya.

La seva web: http://pollysglobalwalk.com/

Explicació amb anglès:

First American Woman Walks Around the World

 

 

After five years and almost 14,000 miles, walking each day for 1825 consecutive days, Global Walker Polly Letofsky is returning home to Vail, Colorado on July 30, 2004 as the first American woman to walk around the world. The goal of her journey was to raise awareness about breast cancer. She also raised approximately $200,000.

Walking with BOB

The 42-year-old Letofsky has been accompanied around the world by BOB. The Global Walker, a custom-altered running stroller, is named BOB, after the California-based company that manufactures BOB Sport Utility Strollers and bicycle trailers. Letofsky’s BOB has served as a rolling backpack, carrying all of her possessions, including water, snacks, clothes, overnight supplies and her laptop. BOB is adorned with patches from 22 countries and pins from each U.S. state, and proudly displays signatures from thousands of women and men with breast cancer.

“BOB was an enormous hit all over the world,” emailed Letofsky from the road. “And he’s really taken a beating – it’s amazing how he’s hung in there.”

Adventures on the Walk

When Letofsky started GlobalWalk, her route took her west from Colorado where she tackled the Rockies. From there she walked through the deserts to California, where she experienced a 7.2 earthquake. She flew from California to New Zealand, traveled through Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Letofsky was in Malaysia on September 11, 2001, and recalls the date vividly.

“I wasn’t around when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and I was too young to remember where I was the day JFK was shot. But I’ll never forget where I was the day America lost its innocence. I was on an oil palm plantation in Malaysia grieving with Muslims.”

After Malaysia, Letofsky traveled through Thailand, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Then it was on to Germany, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Scotland and Ireland. From there she headed back to America, flying into New York, walking through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and north to Canada. Next came the upper Midwest states, and finally, Colorado.

 

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