Track the progress of former Nikiski resident Ray Ford as he and his companions walk 4,400 miles from Key West, Fla., to Cape Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, via their World Wide Web site at www.hikeforhope2001.org.
The site has a link to the charity of the hiker's choice, Oxfam America, a privately funded international relief agency that works with poor communities around the world to solve their hunger, poverty and social problems.
Oxfam's Web site allows donors to specify the "Hike For Hope 2001" on the donation form. Ford encourages people who want to donate in their name to select that option.
"We appreciate any support you can offer to help us help Oxfam," the walkers write on the Web site. "Your generosity to Oxfam will make this journey infinitely more worthwhile than all the steps we take within it."
On the Hike For Hope Web site, the group lists some of their personal needs for anyone who wants to support them in that way.
The food items include: dehydrated noodle dinners such as Ramen or Lipton, dried cereal and granola, canned tuna, instant stuffing and mashed potatoes, energy bars, macaroni and cheese and trail snacks such as candy bars and dried fruit.
On the technical side, 16 megabyte compact flash memory cards to fit a Kodak digital camera and 60 minute Sony Premium Mini DV digital video cassettes also are needed to document their journey.
The mailing address for the group is Hike For Hope 2001, 1309 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139.
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