11 year old walks to highlight homelessness

By Curt Autry - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An 11 year old from Florida is trekking across Virginia on foot Monday, as part of his 1200 mile hike that he calls 'My house to the White House'. His goal is to call attention to the plight of the nation's homeless children.

11 year old Zach Bonner does this 1200 mile walk in stages. He started back in November of 2007, walking from Tampa to Tallahassee. This summer he completes the journey and Monday made a stop at the state capitol.

He was greeted by big cheers upon his arrival and among the well wishers, first lady Ann Holton and Mayor Dwight Jones. Zach is a recipient of the president's volunteer service award. The little boy has been recognized as a crusader for issues involving homeless children:

"There's 1.3 million kids in this country and on average - 13 kids die every day from the effects of being homeless, and I think that's a very large problem we need to fix," said Zach.

Later this summer Zach will arrive at the White House, where he will be greeted by the first family and other national leaders. Zach became involved in the plight of homeless children at the age of seven, and along with his family, created the Little Red Wagon Foundation, to help raise money for the cause.

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