This story may look like a screenplay instead of a release published in an environmental blog. However, it is a real life story.
The actor playing the leading role in this press release is Henry Sánchez Pardo, a 40-year-old Colombian firefighter who, two years ago, decided to go out running to unite the American continent through athletics, but with two peculiarities: to go barefoot and carrying a consciousness-raising message in favor of nature.
The marathoner -who is also an industrial engineer and mathematician- had set himself the goal to cross the continent from Ushuaia (down South of the Patagonia) to Alaska, having visited 11 Latin-American countries so far. At each country, Sanchez Pardo´s mission is to plant as many trees as possible and to collect recyclable items.
“My aim is to carry a consciousness-raising message in favor of nature, to preserve the environment and to raise awareness that we must stop polluting Mother Earth,” said Sánchez Pardo.
In addition, the purpose of the engineer is to collect funds to build a rehabilitation center for handicap people in Ipiales, his hometown.
During this extremely long trip that consists of 30.000 kilometers, last Thursday, August 26th the marathoner arrived at Nicaragua.
In Managua, he continued with his task: to run barefoot, plant tress and talk with children and the onlookers.
On this opportunity, Henry has a companion: he will travel with José Isidro Barajas Reyes, a voluntary rescuer, 14 countries during 800 days.
Source: El comercio.