The Walkathon is an annual KKL-JNF initiative where interenational missions become acquainted with Israel by foot, in a challenging and especially meaningful trek to raise funds, each year for a different project to support Israel's water economy.
Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive
Since 1994, Walkathon delegations from England, France and Australia come to Israel three times a year. After enlisting sponsors in their home countries to donate to KKL-JNF, the participants come to tour Israel and get to know the country better.
Mr. Frederic Nordmann, president of KKL France, spoke about the 2010 Water Walkathon: "The first KKL France Water Walkathon for Israel was held in 1998, in honor of Israel's fiftieth birthday. Water was always a challenge for Israel and will continue to be a challenge in the future, so we wanted to do something to heighten people's awareness of this critical issue. We are not 'friends of KKL-JNF from France', we are KKL-JNF. Every year, we hike a different part of the country. We do the north in April or May, and the south in March. Each of the participants paid for all their expenses, along with making a donation towards developing Adulam Park, which is a project of KKL France."