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James McAlloon: Footsteps for Food


James has now completed his walk across Australia for Footsteps For Food and is so grateful for all of the contributions and support during this tough time. 

Everyone in the world, by now, would know that the travel industry is at a complete standstill due to COVID-19, the loss of income is inconceivable. Tourism is one of the largest employers on the planet.

This global stop-work comes at a far higher price to some, more than others. Where people literally live hand to mouth, any drop in income has a dire effect on, not only their own health but also that of their family and community.

At Chimu we are vastly aware of the struggle our stay at home orders have on the livelihoods of communities in South America, those who only recently were opening their doors to welcome us to their homes, are now struggling to feed their families. Tourism is their world.


What can we do to help?

Using our infrastructure, we felt compelled to raise funds to help feed our Latin families and distribute via our charity The MAD Project. After all, it only costs $40 to feed an entire family for a week.

But exactly how could we run an appeal when everyone in the planet is hurting? We cast the idea out to our team, knowing that the very core of the people we employ is packed with care.

We didn’t need to look very far. Within hours, Chimu’s Relationship Manager to Queensland, James McAlloon, offered to walk across the entire continent of Australia in a quest that would quickly become reality.  

Footsteps for Food’ was born that very day.  

Knowing full well how capable James is of completing such a feat, we jumped on the idea to support him. So, on July 1 2020 (6:30am) James departed from Alex Beach on the Sunshine Coast QLD and is walking across Australia in hope to get to the Margaret River in WA on a quest to raise funds to feed families devastated by the effects of Covid-19. Border closures and the never ending effects that COVID-19 has also on Australia will determine James' final destination.  He is working with authorities to help determine his end point.  For the latest updates visit:

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Every sponsorship cent he receives will go towards purchasing food for people in South America who are struggling from the loss of our tourism to their communities.

James will be using his own savings to pay for the expedition while Chimu organise the ground support and logistics in South America to purchase local-grown foods and distribute to those in need.

If you are able, we would encourage you to help James on his journey, for as little as $40 an entire family feeds comfortably whilst we wait for the doors to open again.  We are also aware that many of our friends reading this are in the travel industry so might not be able to help with $, if you can help with a share, we'd love you just as much! 

We look forward to sharing James' journey as he walks alone and self-supported through one of the harshest landscapes on earth.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE: As we have used a number of sources to fundraise we will update the tally here regularly. 
*updated 19/09/20 * 5:00 pm

1. RAFFLE NUMBER 1:                      A$15730       393 families.   Winner:  MATTHEW SANDERS
2. GENERAL DONATIONS:              A$8,613         215  families.
3. RAFFLE NUMBER 2:                     A$11,654       291 families.   Winner:  OLIVIA WEIS

TOTAL: A$36, 997  900 families. 


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To Antarctica

Congratulations to the winner of our Footsteps For Food raffle! The winner will be jetting off to Antarctica in November 2021 for a trip of a lifetime. 

Footsteps For Food
The Journey So Far

Read our blog about Footsteps For Food and how you can help here.

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The Full Interview

Want to know everything about James and his walk across the country? Click here to watch his full interview. 

Kurt Fearnley sends James a video message

Kurt Fearnley sends James his best wishes and tips for the journey










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