NORTH BERWICK, Maine — North Berwick residents Nick Tucker and Sam Rouleau will begin walking across the country and volunteering in hundreds of communities along the way Saturday in an effort to inspire others to participate in community service.
“This is a walk to inspire change and do good deeds across the nation,” said Tucker in an email.
In an effort called “Making Strides,” the recent Colby College graduates and Noble High School alum will travel by foot across the country and lend a hand in whatever community service projects present themselves, according to Tucker.
“What we’re going to be doing is somewhat open-ended,” said Tucker. “As needs present themselves, we’ll help in any way possible.”
The two travelers will spend most of their nights camping, but will also sleep in cheap motels and hostels if they are available and if “the budget allows it,” said Tucker. Tucker said he and Rouleau have also been in contact with the Colby College alumni association to get the word out about their journey in hopes that a Colby College alum household will lend them a couch every once in a while.
Currently, the two men have about $4,000 saved up, after spending approximately $1,000 on gear for the journey. Tucker said it would take between $12,000 to $15,000 to make it across the country safely, but that he and Rouleau aren’t worried.
“We have faith that it will all work out,” said Tucker. “We’re hoping we can make some more money as we cross the nation.”
Tucker and Rouleau will be departing from Short Sands Beach in York at 9 a.m. on Saturday. To donate to their trip or to find out more about their cause and the travelers, visit their website at www.makestrides.net.
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