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Three-day, 68-mile Books for Africa walk to kick off Friday

April 22, 2013

A three-day, 68-mile journey on foot will begin Friday at UW-Stout.

Tom Warth of Books for Africa meets children in Africa.It’s for a good cause. The UW-Stout Book Walk for Africa will begin with a kickoff event at 8:30 p.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. from the west entrance of the University Library, on Third Street E.

Walkers will head west and follow back roads Friday and Saturday before finishing Sunday at the Books for Africa headquarters in St. Paul. Participation is free, but walkers are encouraged to donate or solicit donations to Books for Africa.

Participants, who will symbolically carry a university-donated book, can do all 68 miles or any portion they choose. They also can run or bike. Participants are responsible for their own lodging.

UW-Stout has donated thousands of used books to Books for Africa over the years. Books For Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to Africa, with 28 million sent to 48 countries since its founding 25 years ago. The organization’s goal is to end the continent’s “book famine,” according to founder Tom Warth, 77, who will lead the walk.

Potential walkers are asked to email Warth. For more information go to the Books for Africa website.

For a map of the walking route, click here.

To donate to the walk, click here.

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