Mark Anderson Completes Charity Walk

September 19, 2014

Bus driver Mark Anderson used a different mode of transportation yesterday [Sept 18] to make his way from Dockyard to St. George’s, with the kindhearted entertainer walking the length of the island in a bid to raise money for the Centre Against Abuse.

He started out from the Maritime Museum Dockyard at 6.00am and walked the length of the island, saying that his ”favorite highlight was when the cannon at Fort St. Catherine was shot off as a finale.”

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“What a wonderful show of love and support from the community,” said Mr. Anderson, who completed the walk in approximately eight hours, beginning at 6.00am and finishing at around 2.00pm. He was joined by around half a dozen other walkers, who all set out to help raise money for the Centre Against Abuse.

Zakiya Johnson, who also made the walk, said it was heartwarming to see how many people tooted their horns and waved or shouted out words of encouragement along the way.

“Individuals and couples literally stopped their cars on the side of the road to give cash as well as cheques to Mark, which were passed on to Laurie at each rest stop,” she said.

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Ms. Johnson added, “I had originally planned to walk a mile or maybe to Barnes Corner, but Mark’s energy and spirit was so positive, so warm and welcoming, that he inspired me to keep walking with him.

“He kept saying ‘for the cause’ whenever his heels were hurting him or he was feeling weary – ‘it’s for the cause’. Bermuda is a considerably hilly place, and that is made all the more clear when you’re using your legs as your engine, but he did it.

“Laurie’s energy was great and positive as well. She was happy to share about where Bermuda is in terms of the real need. Her insight and perspective as we walked along Scaur Hill and on to Barnes Corner really added to my understanding and was a further driving force for why we need to keep walking and raising awareness. ”

“Mark did not know that the Centre Against Abuse was going to do water stops along the way, with oranges and refreshments. He continued to be touched and to talk about how much he appreciated the staff and volunteers’ willingness to support his efforts.

“He was so grateful.”


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Mr. Anderson, who noted that after his walk that he has a “new found respect for some of the hills in Bermuda,” has asked people to make a donation, big or small, to the Centre Against Abuse.

Donations can be made to The Centre Against Abuse’s HSBC account #010 284 636 001, or at Crawl Esso Gas Station.

The Centre Against Abuse, registered charity #146, provides intervention, support, and education on all forms of domestic abuse, with a mission to provide safe shelter, support, and tools for those involved in domestic abuse and education and prevention to the community.

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  1. swing voter says:

    not to many bus drivers can accomplish that Mark bie!

  2. Coffee says:

    Well done Mark … Unbeknowingst to you two , that accomplishment achieved two goals . Firstly you highlighted the cause of The Centre of Abuse and secondly this single act says a lot for the compassion of Bermudas bus drivers, as they seem to be the whipping post for the shills of the OBA/UBP !

    • First, thanks Mark for your consideration toward others…Now, as for this character, “Coffee”. Get a life whomever you may be. You are a sorry so and so! Sad yes…but true:-(

  3. Cool says:

    Great job Mark and others that walked with him.

  4. so proud of U Mark.... says:

    Congrats Mark, your love for your island home and its people is awesome, your big heart-amazing, your big smile-contageous.

    Thanks to all who walked with Mark and good luck to the Center Against Abuse.

  5. Onion says:

    Mark is such a great asset to Bermuda!

  6. Ace girl says:

    Mark you are a hero, well done! You put your feet where your mouth is and Zakiya, well done too.

  7. Just a matter of time says:

    Congrats Mark (cousin)! You’re awesome!

  8. Man this guy has a heart of GOLD ! It brings tears to my eyes to see what he has done to help, he didn’t have to do this but he did from his HEART … WOW. I love you dude !!!!! You really bring back memories of how BDA use to be back in the day. Enjoy the weekend Mark. Good job to all the walkers that assisted …

  9. Rhonnie aka Blue Familiar says:

    Huge applause for Mark for his efforts in support of a very important cause. And for those who joined and helped him out along the way.

    I took a break in my day to be one of those honking and waving in passing, as well as giving a donation to the volunteers on the Airport strip.

    And it won’t be my only time donating to the centre. Maybe I can’t offer a large lump sum, but I can offer smaller amounts on a regular basis.

  10. Thomie Brown says:

    Mr. Mark Anderson, thank you for your selflessness! You are a true ambassador of these lovely isles showing that our old Bermudian culture is still alive and well in 2014. God bless you! Great job and effort to everyone that assisted with this effort.

    May God bless you all!

  11. Love is the only way... says:

    Mark, it’s people like you who give this world hope that we are always heading in the right direction where unconditional love is concerned

  12. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Mark Anderson has lifted his esteem in the world of walkers and runners and just good hearted people in general….kudos to his father and uncle the Virgil Twins as they made us all so happy running in the 24th of May Derby…my hat is off to you Mark Anderson…..I am humbled by your unselfish actions……..nuff respect…!