Walking from Parkes to The Dish is definitely not a Sunday morning stroll, but three young sisters are doing it every year to help those less fortunate. The 20 km walk Molly (11), Ruby (9) and Nell (8) Smith will do on Sunday is a mere drop in a bucket of the long distances girls and women living in poverty walk every year just to get to water,
food and firewood. Many people in developing countries cannot just turn a tap, they have to walk an average of 6km every day to get to water.
Molly was only 8 years old when she was inspired to help kids less fortunate, after she read about the annual ‘Walk in her Shoes’ campaign. “My dad runs the Dish Café and we always thought it would be fun to walk there one day” she said. The next year sister Ruby joined in and last year Nell was up for the challenge. “I like doing it because it
makes me feel happy for the girls who will benefit from the money raised” Ruby said.
The $3,000 they raised last year was used to provide necessities such as water closer to home to give girls more time for school and to enable women to earn an income to help their communities step out of poverty. The inspiring walk of the three sisters has had a ripple effect in the community, with many of their classmates at Middleton
Public School and friends wanting to join in. More than 50 people are expected to walk on Sunday.