How can I donate?
Please visit our special Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Bates88/
How will you fund the walk?
All the costs associated with the 140 day walk will be covered personally by Xuelin and I. This means that 100% of the funds given will go to support the work of Unicef.
How much do you hope to raise?
I really have no idea: So far our previous seven walks have raised over £200,000 for charity. Xuelin is a formidable charity fundraiser and she thinks we might be able to raise £100,000 for Unicef–that seems a huge challenge but I suppose so is a 2000 mile walk.
What are your concerns?
Walking 2000 miles in 140 days will be a much faster pace than I have ever done before. I will be concerned about the heat as you dehydrate fast and have to take large amounts of fluid which weighs and slows you down. That no one out of 190 countries who have signed the Olympic truce apart will implement it apart from Brazil who are doing so already. That we won’t raise enough funds for Unicef.
What do you think about when you walk?
Am I on the right road? Will I find accommodation in that village? I wonder if that petrol station sells Diet Coke? I also listen to my iPhone a lot, mostly music with a good rhythm or beat to keep me moving but I get through a lot of audio books. Mostly I am inspired by the beauty of creation and the amazing similarities and kindnesses of people I meet along the way.