More than 400 Waldron Mercy Academy students, from preschool to grade 8, participated in a Walkathon on September 25, 2019 to raise thousands of dollars for the non-profit “Rise Against Hunger.” Students walked with their Buddies around the perimeter of the school.
Using the money raised, students will purchase food and fill an expected 25,000 packages that will later be distributed to the world’s most vulnerable populations, through Rise Against Hunger. Food packages from last year’s efforts were distributed in Zambia and South Africa. This is the fifth year that the funds from the annual Walkathon will support Rise Against Hunger.
The event was held as part of the school’s annual commemoration of Mercy Day, the anniversary of the day when Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin in 1827. Mercy Day is commemorated throughout the world at Mercy schools, medical facilities, and myriad other ministries.
“This experience helps our students see that they can be people of Mercy not just for their school or the greater Philadelphia area, but for those around the world,” said Greg Soltis, Director of Outreach and Religious Education.