Fresh fruit deliveryman Buster DeWitt from Caldwell Idaho is walking from Newport, Oregon to Newport News, Virginia to protest the continued epidemic of child physical and sexual abuse in the U.S. Mr. DeWitt is 75 years old and says he’s been training for months for the feat, saying he’s confident he can average 35 miles a day. At that rate he figures he’ll arrive in Newport News in exactly 100 days. He’s leaving Newport Thursday morning, 8am, from the Greenstone Hotel on No. Coast Street, Nye Beach.
Mr. DeWitt said he’s walking cross country, 2,944 miles, to stop the abuse of nearly one million U.S. children a year. Along the way he’ll be collecting petition signatures that he will present to Idaho’s Congressional delegation in Washington DC – all signers demanding that child abuse be taken more seriously and wherever possible, stopped.
He’s also seeking walk pledges from any and all Americans who are willing to put up 1-penny a mile, or just under $30 for the whole trip. DeWitt says all proceeds go to various proven-effective child abuse prevention agencies. To donate or receive information, call 607-227-4524 or 607-275-9360. Donations can also be made on line at CAPPCA.org. It is a secure donation line.