Television actor Sam Williamson will walk 36 hours straight without sleep and live stream the event on social media to raise money and awareness for veterans and first responders.
Williamson, a board member of the nonprofit Bird’s Eye View Project, will put everything on the line when he attempts a 100-mile walk around White Rock Lake.
The walk will take place Oct. 26 – 27.
The journey will send Williamson around the lake 11 consecutive times, making it one of the first endurance events of its kind in Texas. His mission is to bring awareness to the extreme needs of veterans and first responders by overcoming an extreme challenge.
The event, Walk the Walk 100, was Williamson’s idea. The Southern Methodist University graduate is a noted television and voice actor. He has appeared on “Walker, Texas Ranger” and provides voiceovers in national and regional commercials for companies like Taco Bell, Wingstop and TXU Energy.
“I want to do something as just a regular guy to serve those who serve us,” Williamson said in a statement. “I want to prove to myself and to others that you don’t have to put on a uniform or enlist to make a difference in the lives of veterans and first responders. You can make a difference today by supporting the needs of those who have given so much to serve all of us.”
Williamson will attempt to raise $100,000 and distribute donations across 11 beneficiary organizations. Each of his 11 laps around White Rock Lake will be dedicated to a different organization that the Bird’s Eye View Project supports.
The organizations include:
- Joey D Foundation
- Boot Campaign
- Carry the Load
- 22 Kill
- Task Force Dagger Foundation
- America’s Mighty Warriors
- Defenders of Freedom
- Assist the Officer Foundation
- Equest’s Hooves for Heroes
The risks are many on the 100-mile trek, including darkness, heat, dangerous weather conditions, dehydration, bodily collapse and injury. To give the public an inside look at how he’s faring along the way, Williamson will live stream at various times during the walk on social media and amplify his public call for supporting veterans and first responders.
The public is invited to support the cause by snapping encouraging pictures and videos alongside Williamson as he completes the 11-lap walk around the lake and posting to social media with the hashtag #WTW100.
To donate and follow Williamson’s journey, click here.
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