Every year the Walk for Sophia foundation is busy with fund raising for sick children. As a return favor, the members of the WFS foundation are hiking non-stop in a 100 Hours relay race from Paris (France) to Rotterdam (Netherlands). A distance of 530 kilometers   Introduction   End October 2012, I came in touch with some members of the Walk For Sophia foundation. They were busy with fund raising making and serving dinner for my wife and me (and many others). One of the members/servants came to our dish at the community center and told us why they were serving the fine Clams-dinner. The guy was very enthusiastic, and got me so enthusiastic also that I accepted the invitation to give some help in case the foundation needed more hand-power for their activities. And my address was written down. End December 2012 the same guy ringed my doorbell. They needed one more driver to accompany hikers on their hike from Paris to Rotterdam. One hour later I was a new member of the foundation. From that moment I became again a busy man. To be a member of the foundation was not only be a companion for hikers during 5 continuous days, but also taking part in activities for fund raising. Among those activities are organizing hikes in the neighborhood, being a servant at fund-raising dinners, washing cars, organizing dart-tournaments, selling chocolates at the local hobby-market etc.. And looking for donations by visiting factories, companies, shops, craftsmen, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, etc.. I must say this activity is not my favorite one.. The foundation   The purpose of the foundation is making the stay of patients of the Children’s hospital Sophia in Rotterdam as comfortable as possible. With our activities, we hope to get a smile on the face of those kids, suffering cancer. Therefore the foundation collects money. This money will NOT be us for treatments or research. Instead the money can/will be used for painting the walls, in a child friendly manner. Waiting-rooms can/will be filled with toys for the kids. Tablets, iPads, X-boxes and play stations for the kids can make in possible that they forget the hospital for a while. As a return favor for the sponsors of our foundation, members of the foundation are hiking every year (during Easter-time) non stop from Paris to Rotterdam, a relay-race over more than five- hundred-kilometers.   This is the hike. At the end of this 530 kilometers relay-race, the whole hiking team visits the Sophia Child Hospital at the finish in Rotterdam. There we hand over a cheque, showing the collected money during the past year. The 2013 hike from Paris to Rotterdam was a very cold one. The hike took place in the last week of March, the week before Easter. Prior to our departure to France, it had snowed, and the weather did not improve during the 530 kilometers relay race. In Rotterdam, on April 1, we could handle over a Cheque of € 4000,-- to the staff of the hospital. In 2014, the hike did start on Wednesday, April 23 at eight o'clock in Dugny, a suburb of Paris, the capital of France PA530ROT Erik, PD7M, one of the members of the foundation, proposed the idea to promote our foundation Walk for Sophia, by activating a special call PA530ROT, some weeks before the start of the non stop hike. If you want to support us, you can give a small donation via the OQRS system at Clublog. You can be sure that your donation will go 100% to the welfare of the kids at the hospital. The last year that PA530ROT was  active is 2017. All QSO’s are uploaded to Clublog Some Motivations of the people involved.  Every member of the 530 Kilometers hike from Paris to Rotterdam has another reason why he/she is a participant and why he/she collects money for the Kids of the Sophia hospital in Rotterdam. Here is the motivation of some members of our foundation. Piet K. Of course you do this for supporting charity. I like what I see in this motivated group of people. And their activities make me even more activated. I am no hiker and no driver. But I am just the treasurer of the donated and collected money for the kids. Ria. My eldest grandson is born with a handicap. He is born without a fibula bone. Now he is 12 years and a real fine sportive young man. He plays footbal and tennis, and confirms that, with good medical treatment, you can live with a handicap. Participating in the W.S.F. let me do something in return. Remco. I know how important it is for those young peole there in that hospital in Rotterdam. But I know also that being a driver during those five days of hiking is very, very exhausting.. René. For me the relay race is real holiday for 100 percent. I don't like those beach-li-down-in-the-sand- holidays, but prefer the do something. And if do something is for a good purpose, like the wellfare of the hospital kids, then I have a super time. First time of participation was as a driver, but being one of the hikers is much more relaxing. May. I hike occasionally, but driving is more relaxing for me. And just as René, my husband, doing something for the sick children gives me satisfaction. Even if I must sell eastern eggs in the hobby- market. Patrick. During the last 20 years I support the Foundation against Cancer in Belgium. The enthusiasm of René and May caused me to join the WFS foundation, and take my part in collection money for the good purpose. Erik. I, myself are father of a little young boy, who has a healthy life, and who has no handicaps at all. So I feel very lucky, but realize that other parents do not have that luck. I feel it as an honor to give my piece of support to make the stay of kids at the hospital as comfortable as possible. More information If you need more information about the Walk For Sophia foundation, please visit our Dutch site www.WalkForSophia.nl. Of course you can always write an email to me. Positive diversion is good medicine, and a good step towards curing...  

PA530ROT & Walk for Sophia