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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:30 am

A couple of members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors will be among those going on a walk this Memorial Day, a very long walk for some.

On May 27, Supervisor Pete Candland, R- Gainesville, will begin an all-day hike, called Walk for Prince William, to help raise money for local non-profits. Supervisor Mike May, R-Occoquan will join in the initial segment of the walk, and representatives of the participating non-profits have been invited to walk all or part of the 30-mile route.

Walk for Prince William will begin at 6 a.m. from the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge and end at the Haymarket Town Hall. It is expected to finish at 6 p.m.

The event is raising money for several community non-profits including: Azalea Charities, Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Efforts, Action in Community Through Service, Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center, Officer Chris Yung Fund, Youth Apostles Institute-Don Bosco Center and Lance Cpl. Nick and Samantha Thom of Homes for Our Troops.

Rise Up Prince William and Azalea Charities are sponsoring the first annual Walk for Prince William and hope to raise $30,000 or $1,000 per mile.

The 30-mile trek will have the following rest stops at every five mile point along the route: McCoart Government Building, Don Bosco Center, the SERVE campus and the Prince William County Police Department, Western District.

“Prince William County is a large, diverse county, but what brings us together is our communities and the desire to make Prince William a better place to live for all, especially for those who are in need,” Candland said in a press release. “Walk for Prince William is about helping and giving back to our community, and my colleagues and I are up for the 30-mile challenge, getting a new perspective of the county we serve.”

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Donors will be able to choose which organization that they would like to donate to, or they can donate to the general fund, in which the monies collected will be evenly distributed to the participating non-profits.

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  • Earnie Porta posted at 2:33 pm on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Earnie Porta Posts: 9

    I was mistaken in my understanding of this event. I received a polite email from the organizers explaining that due to "security and legal issues" they "encourage only one surrogate/representative from each group that can accompany Supervisor Candland on the walk." So it appears that it is not actually set up for physical participation by the public. The idea appears to be that you participate by donating funds in support of Supervisor Candland doing the walk (e.g. a dollar amount per mile) and that money then goes to various charities. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

  • Earnie Porta posted at 11:27 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Earnie Porta Posts: 9

    Not clear if Supervisors May or Principi knew about the event far enough in advance to enable them to participate if they wanted -- it is scheduled for Memorial Day, after all, and they may have already made other plans, either with their families or with other community organizations, so I don't think it's necessarily any negative reflection on them if they cannot participate fully. I've contacted both offices, and the information they have on the event appears to be very modest.

  • Earnie Porta posted at 11:12 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Earnie Porta Posts: 9

    I have confirmed that the walk is supposed to start (as the InsideNova article in fact indicates) at 6 a.m. at the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center and end at the Haymarket Town Hall. Will pass along participant registration and route information when I find out. Has the potential to be a great event!

  • Earnie Porta posted at 10:58 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Earnie Porta Posts: 9

    I think this is a great idea and know a number of people interested in participating. How do you register to participate in the walk? The link takes you to a place you can donate, but there is no information on when and where the walk starts, and how you can sign up. Looking forward to walking the whole way.

    Earnie Porta
    Mayor, Town of Occoquan

  • bugmenot posted at 9:14 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    Can't believe Mike May isn't walking the entire way and why isn't Frank Principi out there? Wouldn't this help promote his sidewalk initiative?

  • Motown65 posted at 6:20 pm on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    Motown65 Posts: 13

    PW used to be a diverse county; however it becoming more divided as time goes on. It is definitely east (woodbridge, triangle, dumfries) vs. west (gainesville, haymarket, bristow) tug of war for control of the county's political infrastructure and resources. As higher income households continue to move into western PW.....eastern PW will start to get the shaft when it comes our schools, county services and development.

  • MillionDollarDream-Federal Nightmare posted at 8:40 am on Wed, May 15, 2013.

    MillionDollarDream-Federal Nightmare Posts: 139

    Then on to TuefulHundens house for a rubdown