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The 10th Ten Mile Walk on 26 June 2011
The 26th of June is the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, dedicated to remembering and supporting the victims and survivors of torture around the world. This year, the day provided both the cause and the message for our 10th Ten Mile Walk through Berlin. “Torture […] can never be justified” as Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s Secretary General, states in his message for 2011. Nevertheless, it persists in countries all around the world.
A group of almost 40 participants, including independent walkers, Amnesty International members, family and friends, gathered at the starting point in Charlottenburg – the brightly decorated, hospitable Café Dollinger at Stuttgarter Platz. Petitions, letters and postcards were signed, flyers and donation tins were handed around, and yellow Amnesty T-shirts were donned. At noon, a bright yellow flock set off to pass by Schloss Charlottenburg and follow the river Spree to our half-way stop at the House of World Cultures.
Walking together once again created the perfect opportunity to get to know each other better, exchange ideas, rattle tins, to hand out flyers and talk to many interested passers-by – and, of course, to raise sponsorship money for Amnesty’s work. This year the walkers again motivated an impressive number of generous donors to sponsor the Amnesty movement mile by mile. Thanks to everyone!
By the time the walkers reached the Brandenburg Gate, Amnesty’s cause became even clearer to the eyes and ears of the public. There we met up with the CAT group (Campaign Against Torture), who were providing information in Amnesty’s big shiny yellow double-decker bus and attracting the crowds with catchy rhythms drummed by a loud and proud percussion ensemble.
After a big hello, we continued our walk along Unter den Linden, turned onto Friedrichstrasse, and then crossed Checkpoint Charlie for the final stretch along the lively Landwehrkanal promenade to our finishing point, the Brachvogel garden restaurant in Kreuzberg. There we received a very warm welcome – and our certificates. We celebrated the end of our walk by sitting together, chatting and relaxing beneath the green canopy of the beer-garden trees.
Now we’re looking forward to next year’s Ten Mile Walk. Everyone is welcome to join us in 2012 on a walk that is always great fun for a good cause – Walking for human rights!
Again, we're grateful to graphic designer Jenny Tix in Berlin, and to Jacky Fleming (GB) for her Never Give Up image and motto which have accompanied our group from the very start. Thank you Jacky and Jenny.