Julia Peters, Canterbury Representative of the CPR, is organising a fundraising challenge on the English section of the Via Francigena on 16 April. Julia, who walked to Rome last year, is calling for volunteers to walk the 20-mile section from Canterbury to Dover, with all proceeds going to the charity Save the Children. The fundraiser is linked to the initiative ‘Kent on the Via Francigena’ launched by Julia last year to promote the Via Francigena at Kilometre Zero. “Few local residents are aware that they live at the starting point of this historic route,” says Julia. “This initiative – through a blog and events such as these – seeks to inform locals about the Via Francigena and the rewards of undertaking a pilgrimage.”
Julia sees this as a way of giving back for the generosity she experienced during her pilgrimages on foot both to Santiago and Rome. CPR members are asked for their support; if you are able to walk with her or to donate to the cause, please visit kentontheviafrancigena.com/via-francigena-fundraiser.