HISTORIAN John Grundy is preparing for a 12-mile walk across Wearside in a bid to help people living half-way across the world.
The popular TV presenter will walk from St Peter’s Church, in Monkwearmouth, to St Paul’s Church, Jarrow, on Saturday to raise awareness of India’s poverty-stricken people.
The Bede’s Way Walk, organised by Christian Aid, has been inspired by a major protest which is taking place in Inida.
More than 100,000 landless indigenous people, impoverished “dalit” communities and peasants are marching for property rights to gather support against government land grabs, which objectors claim are being disguised as “legal development”.
John, known for popular shows Grundy’s Wonders and Grundy’s Northern Pride, has signed up for the walk between the two historic churches, when he will also launch his new book, Grundy’s Guide to Bede’s Way.
Profits from the sale will go to support Christian Aid.
Patrick Sloan, from the charity, said: “Beginning in October 2011, more than 100,000 people will be taking part in a series of regional marches around India, culminating in a 320km march to put their case to the Government in Delhi in October 2012.
“You can walk in solidarity with them, joining North East MPs, regional church leaders and TV presenter and local historian John Grundy, following Bede’s Way between the twin monastic sites of Wearmouth and Jarrow, nominated for World Heritage Site status.”
The Indian March for Justice has been organised by Christian Aid’s Indian partner, Ekta Parishad.
The Bede’s Way Walk will take place on Saturday from 10am until 4pm. It will start at St Peter’s Church.
Anyone wishing to join the walk should call 228 0115 or visit www.christianaid.org.uk/walks