The Walk for HopeÂ is a reflective journey that leads the walker along a park pathÂ decorated withÂ handmade expressions of love and famous quotes, all selected with care forÂ their insight and inspiration. In addition, there are several activity stations set-up along the beautiful pathÂ to giveÂ each walkerÂ the opportunityÂ to pause, interact, reflect and sow new seeds of change. Here is a brief description of each activity station:
Activity Station #1:Â Â Leaf to Self & Hope Tree
The Walk for Hope is a reminder to us all of the things that matter most in life: love, compassion, truth, peace, unity, family and hope for all that is good. Each new day is an opportunity for us to be the change we wish to see in the world. With this in mind, when you enter into this first activity station, you will be givenÂ a paper leaf to write a note or a letter to the most important person you know: YOURSELF!Â Â Write down your hopes, your dreams or simply what you wish to change from within. As youÂ hang your leafÂ on our Hope Tree, ponder upon and plant the seeds of changeÂ deepÂ within your heart. By the conclusion of ourÂ Walk for Hope event,Â ourÂ amazingÂ Hope Tree will have been magically transformed with hundreds of colorful leaves, eachÂ with it’s own inspiring message to a very special recipient: YOU!Â Next summer,Â you willÂ receive your leaf in the mail along with a picture of our beautiful Hope Tree. May this giftÂ put a smile on your face andÂ warm your heart as the memories of this year’s walk begin to flow through your mind. As you read your leaf to self, may you be filled with joy knowing thatÂ the seeds of change which were planted months ago,Â have now blossomed from within. May it also serve as a reminder of how important you are andÂ that each individual can and does make a difference inÂ transforming our home, community and world.Â
Activity Station #2:Â Â Best Wishes Cards
The Walk for Hope seeks to create a venue in which individuals may feel, in a very real way, the interconnectivity of life. The quotes along the walk path remind us of the bond that we all share with one another through the thread of hope. Another dimension of this bond is that we have the very powerful gift of being able to share one another’s suffering – that we are able to find support in our fellow man in times of sorrow and struggle as well as those of joy and triumph. With this in mind, Be The Cause is creating a way to connect people on that level across the globe, through the Best WishesÂ Cards activity station. From Africa to Sri Lanka, Malaysia to Pakistan, Greece to the Philippines, a selection of individuals and groups from around the world will be presented to the walkers, and their stories shared with those at El Dorado park that day. The walkers will then have the opportunity to create a card that will be sent to these recipients, spreading love and compassion all around the world through a bit of construction paper and ink…. creating a heart-to-heart connection with our global family.Â
Activity Station #3:Â Â Kindness Garden
Inspired by the picture on our Walk for Hope brochures and posters, which depicts a walker taking steps and moving forward in her journey through life, unaware that her kindness and good deedsÂ has causedÂ aÂ trail of blooming flowers in the hearts of all that she has encountered along the way. With this in mind, on the last mileÂ ofÂ your walk, each participant will enter into the Kindness Garden and pick a beautiful, handmade daisy to take with you as a remembrance of your experience at the Walk for Hope… turn that daisy over to reveal a Random Act of Kindness to continue spreading joy and beauty inÂ the world.Â Although we may never fully know how our own lives and the lives of many others on our path of service may be touched by the things we do… keep on doing… keep on walking… keep on serving!!Â
We wish to express our gratitude to Manav Sadhna (a WFH beneficiary in India) and all their kids in the Earn N’ Learn program,Â forÂ creating the hundreds of handmadeÂ daisies forÂ our unique garden. May the love andÂ care that they have put into eachÂ beautiful flower cause a blossoming of more love and kindnessÂ within your heart to share with everyone you encounter on your own journey through life.