Walking for a good cause, without ever leaving home

DQI Bureau
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Want to walk for a good cause but find yourself strapped for

time or physically incapable? Welcome to the "virtual walk" where you

can raise money for charity without ever stepping out the front door.


Some 1,500 women began a 31-city virtual walk across the United

States on Monday to benefit breast cancer courtesy of a computer, an avatar and

a $3 donation, Reuters reports. Participants included home design guru Martha

Stewart, British actress Lynn Redgrave, actress Mena Suvari and Jorja Fox of the

"CSI" television show in what organizers say was the worlds first

interactive virtual walk.

The "Gal to Gal Virtual Walk" (

is the brainchild of Oregon entrepreneur Jeanne Fitzmaurice who created a

foundation in 2005 to raise money for patients in the final stage of breast

cancer after two close friends died of the disease.

Supporters design their own Gal avatar, or Internet

representation, for a $3 donation, add clothes and accessories and a personal

story and then watch themselves walk from Boston to San Francisco against a

changing daily landscape.


Fitzmaurice said the idea was to help busy women, no matter what

their physical condition, lend their help in a fun, creative way during Octobers

Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She hopes that one million walkers will sign up.

"You can give thousands of women dignity and comfort when

they need it most from the luxury of your own home ... We dont care if you

are in your sweatpants, just do it," said model-actress Molly Sims, who is

one of those taking part.

Compiled by Stuti Das