England fans embark on Walk to the World Cup to raise £20,000 for charity,
in epic fan pilgrimage to the 2014 FIFA World Cup


For most football fans the journey to this years FIFA World Cup in Brazil will
involve a long plane flight or two, but for three England fans who are literally
walking to the World Cup, their journey will be considerably longer. Adam
Burns (27), David Bewick (32) and Pete Johnston (30) are walking 1966km
from Mendoza in Argentina to Porto Alegre in Brazil, in the longest recorded
fan pilgrimage to the World Cup.




With 75 days until the World Cup begins, the footy mad trio set off from the
Estadio Bautista Gargintini in Mendoza, home to Argentinian football team
Club Sportivo Independiente Rivadavia, on a 100 day trek finishing on the
pitch of the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, one of the twelve World Cup
stadiums in Brazil.


The three lads are trying to raise £20,000 for the J de V Arts Care Trust. The
money will enable the charity to build a water well in Bahia, North East Brazil,
a place which is suffering the worst drought in over 50 years.


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Three weeks in to their journey and having covered 350 miles, they have
already spent three days walking through the Argentine desert, charged by
bulls, slept in two abandoned train stations, apprehended by the police three
times and played in five football matches with local kids, losing twice and
winning on three occasions.


“We are three weeks in and it is already the most physically demanding thing
any of us have ever done. On day three we completed our first ever
marathon in temperatures reaching 33 degrees. The three days in the desert
were by the far the hardest so far, there was no shade, we had to contend
with snakes, tarantulas, giant mosquitos and sleep in abandoned train
stations,” Adam Burns



Walk to the World Cup has already garnered support from the sporting
community with tweets of good luck wishes from Richard Keys, Micky Quinn,
Michael Duberry and Jason Cundy. The boys were even sent video messages
from England legends Alan Shearer and John Barnes.




“The locals in Argentina have been incredibly generous, every day we have
been given free food and drink, offered free accommodation and given
helpful advice about our route. Argentina is football mad and there is a
football pitch around every corner, so we have been having plenty of kick-abouts
and discussing predictions for the World Cup with the locals, naturally
the Argentines are pretty confident,” Pete Johnston



“We are three die hard England fans who are desperate to see England play
in the World Cup in Brazil, but we also see the World Cup as an opportunity
to do some good and help a very worthy cause like the J de V Arts Care Trust,
a charity which is very close to our hearts,” David Bewick


The journey will take them through three countries, 29 towns and villages
and across a varied and challenging environment in a trek measuring a
staggering 1966km, a number that holds great significance to England
football fans.

“The drought in North East Brazil has already effected 10 million people and
in Bahia, one million head of cattle, the equivalent of half the regions cattle
herd have perished. We are hoping that Walk to the World Cup can raise the
money required to build a new water well in Bahia which will leave a lasting
legacy of our efforts,” Adam Burns

The lads are also appealing for like-minded football fans to join their World
Cup pilgrimage and welcome any football fan from countries around the
world to join Walk to the World Cup by emailing them at

“We’d love to have one fan from each qualifying nation to join us on our walk,
to share our experiences and to show that football is a global language that
can unite a from any walk of life. We don’t expect everyone to do the whole
walk and invite people to join us whenever and wherever they can. Walk to
the World Cup is a chance to share our passion for football with likeminded
footy fans from all over the world,” Pete Johnston


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