Voters said Take a hike! - and He Does!
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MONTGOMERY, AL - When Alabama voters told Gov. Don Siegelman and his staff to
take a hike in 2002, his press secretary decided
to take them literally. When asked what he would do now that he was
out of a job, Mike Kanarick (bio) half-jokingly replied, "Hike the
AT." Later, he figured Why not? and traded the failed campaign
trail for the famed Appalachian Trail. And while there is publicity
surrounding this trek, its not about politics, it is about a good
cause. Kanarick hopes that attention brought to his hike will help
raise awareness and funds for the Child Welfare League of America.
Joined on the hike by his wife Liz Kleinberg (bio), a Montgomery
lawyer, the young couple chose to honor the CWLA, an association of
more than 1,100 public and private nonprofit agencies,
for their work
assisting over 9 million children reported as abused and neglected
and their families each year. Recognized as the nation's oldest and
largest membership-based child welfare organization, the CWLA and
its member agencies offer help including programs for children suffering
from separation and stress caused by terrorism and war.
"At a time when this country is so focused on our
security and our economic future, it is reaffirming to know that Mike
and Liz are willing to remind us that perhaps our highest priority
needs to remain the safety of our children," said Shay Bilchik,
president of the CWLA. "Their insightful commitment demonstrates
the importance of this issue."
Kanarick and Kleinberg are gathering sponsorships for
the 2,000-mile hike, that began Monday, March 24 from Amicalola Falls
in Georgia and is expected to last until they reach Mt. Katahdin in
Maine this October. Former Governor Siegelman was the first to donate
to the cause. Those wanting to sponsor
by pledging a few cents or more per mile to the Child Welfare
League, or follow their adventure can do so here.
"I am proud and delighted that Mike and Liz have decided to lend a hand
to children as part of their adventure," Siegelman said. "Their
commitment shows how every one of us, whether a public official or
a private citizen, can make a difference in the lives of children."
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