Student Set to Complete 1,000-Mile Walk for Amputees in Haiti

Friday, May 14, 2010 General News J E 4

MIAMI, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Zach Collett, a soccer player at Southern Virginia University, will complete a momentous achievement this Saturday when he arrives at Bay Front Park, Miami, Florida. He will have walked 1,000 miles - all the way from the U.S. Capital Building in Washington, D.C. to Miami in 34 days to raise awareness and money for the thousands of amputees in Haiti.

Throughout his journey, Collett has found support from the likes of Governors, Congressmen, and Professional Athletes, including the NCAA Men's Basketball Champions, Duke University.

The Journey will be complete on May 15th, when Zach joins the local Haitian community at the Compas Festival in Bay Front Park. The Festival will feature Wyclef Jean and other performers and is set to begin at 4 p.m., concluding at midnight. Collett will be invited on stage with performers to celebrate this accomplishment for the people of Haiti and to encourage all to donate to this worthy cause.

There at the finish line will be Collett's heavily pregnant wife, Sarah, who for the previous 33 days has acted as pace car driver and project coordinator. Being a British national, she knows firsthand the benefit of readily available health care, and was also moved by the plight of the Haitian people at this time. Along with her husband, Sarah hopes to make a small difference with this project.

Joining Collett for his concluding miles will be President Rodney K. Smith of SVU, coming to show his support for this remarkable student. Smith has said, "Zach is an inspiration to us all," and has personally pledged to donate $1,000 to Zach's chosen charity, Physicians for Peace.

Collett is still avidly seeking donations for the cause, and hopes to raise $150,000 to equip a prosthetics and rehabilitation center for the over 5000 amputees in and around Port au-Prince, Haiti.

For more information, please contact Zach and Sarah Collett at or visit the website at You may also call Zach's team at 540-319-3307.  

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