‘Walk to End Genocide’ is April 7 in Carmel Valley
The second annual Walk to End Genocide will be held at Ocean Air Community Park in Carmel Valley on April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The one-mile walk aims to raise awareness, support and hope for the survivors of genocide in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The walk is sponsored by and will support Jewish World Watch and is being planned by a philanthropic young team of San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) sophomores: Zander Cowan, Naomi Suminski and Ilana Engel.
Their first effort on the SDJA campus last year had 100 walkers and raised $5,000. Their goal this year is to raise over $2,500 and have about 250 people walking with them.
At the April 7 event, there will be several hands-on activities for participants, such as making potholders for Congo families to use with solar cookers JWW provides and an opportunity to write a letter to genocide survivors.
As April 7 is also Holocaust Remembrance Day, participants will also be able to participate in SDJA’s butterfly project — their mission to create 1.5 million ceramic butterflies to memorialize the number of children killed during the Holocaust.
Speakers at the event will include Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger and a La Jolla Country Day School student who is from Darfur.
There will be event-day registration but early online registration is encouraged. Registration is $18 for adults and teens 12 and older and participants receive a t-shirt. Children 11 and under walk for free but all must be registered. Register at WalktoEndGenocide.org.
Ocean Air Community Park is located at 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, 92130.