On Wednesday, May 30, Christine Baker and her dog Jessie started the 2,180-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, which over the next six months she hopes to help inspire those around her.
"Jesse is a 4-year-old purebred retriever," Baker said. "Jesse is walking to raise awareness for five Labrador Retriever rescues. Every year, 3-4 million animals are euthanized and 1-2 million are purebreds like Jesse."
"I recently launched Walk4Good, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to practice kindness," said Baker. "Our organization is busy preparing for our inaugural event—I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail with Jessie, my dog, (all 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia) in order to get people moving for Kindness."
Walk4Good has visited many local elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities in the area in an attempt to mobilize people to dedicate a mile in order to spread kindness. So far, they have received 1,000 dedications. Dedications are free and if you want to dedicate a mile in honor of a loved one, just go to the website for more information.
They will be writing blogs and uploading photos and videos from the road so check back with Patch for updates about their journey.
You can still help them while they are on the trail:
Walk4Good is a growing community of kindness-driven individuals from all walks of life whose primary mission is to inspire and empower people to practice kindness and to pass acts of kindness onto others. We envision a world where we are all a little more engaged in our local communities and personally deliberate in our willingness and intent to help those around us.
"Changing the World One Step at a Time."