Published on 26 May 2020
Hiking 380 miles in 25 days – that’s the challenge that Nan Powell-Davies has set herself. Nan, a minister with the Presbyterian Church of Wales, is on a sabbatical and will be walking to raise funds for Christian Aid.
The cause of internally displaced people has touched Nan – people who have had to flee from their homes but who have stayed within the boundaries of their own country. ‘One person every second has been displaced by disasters since 2008,’ she says. ‘I intend to use this walk to raise money for Christian Aid.’
Christian Aid has been raising awareness about the plight of internally displaced people over recent months. Though refugees – who have fled their own country – have some rights, this is not the case with those who are internally displaced. Their situation is highly vulnerable and Christian Aid has been calling on the UK government to insist that the United Nations include internally displaced people in forthcoming compacts on migrants.
This is not the first time that Nan has undertaken a long sponsored walk for Christian Aid. She was also part of the core team who walked from Bethlehem to Aifft for the charity’s Christmas appeal which focussed on refugees in 2016.
Follow the walk
Nan’s walk along the north Wales coastal path will be completed in five parts. The first leg will take her from Aberdyfi to Aberdaron on 17-23 August. She will spend the second leg on Bardsey Island between 25 August and 1 September. Then between 3 and 7 of September she will walk from Aberdaron to Abergwyngregyn. The fourth leg will take her from Aber to Shotton, 9-14 September. And she will complete her journey on the island of Anglesey from 24 September to 3 October.
Nan’s journey can be followed on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/SabotholNan/ and she will also be publishing a blog on the Presbyterian Church of Wales website. There are many ways in which to support Nan – not only by following the blog but also through following the daily Bible readings on the Presbyterian website, and she would also welcome your prayers. If you would like to sponsor her and contribute financially then she has a JustGiving page.
Those who would like to join her on any leg of the journey should contact Nan directly on email@example.com since dates and times may vary slightly.