For Immediate Release:
Jimmy Wayne Celebrates Halfway Mark Milestone in Amarillo, TX this Saturday
Country Star has walked 93 days/ 977 miles to-date on “Meet Me Halfway” journey
Nashville, TN April 1, 2010 – When Jimmy Wayne walks into Amarillo, TX on Saturday April 3, he will have been walking for 93 days and covered approximately 977 miles of terrain. He will reach the halfway point of his walk halfway across America, which will end in Phoenix, AZ. His goal is to raise awareness of homeless teens in America.
Wayne began the walk on New Year’s Day, leaving the parking lot of Monroe Harding Group Home in Nashville, TN on an icy cold morning, thus kicking off an initiative he calls Meet Me Halfway. Wayne was inspired to create the Meet Me Halfway campaign by the almost epidemic number of homeless teens in the United States and the foster children who ‘age out’ of the system and without any sort of support system, oftentimes find themselves homeless. Wayne’s own childhood was spent in and out of foster and group homes, and at one time he was also homeless.
The halfway point will be marked be a celebration at the Hastings Record Store in Amarillo, where Wayne will share his experiences on the road, and the reasons he undertook the walk.
“It’s been a rewarding and gratifying journey so far,” Wayne said of his walk on behalf of homeless teens. “The people I have met along the back roads of America, as well as those in the bigger cities I have walked though have all been hospitable, and curios about why I’m walking. I’ve been able to talk to them about the difficulties faced by homeless teens and foster kids. Not everyone realizes that once a child in foster care hits the age of 18, they are essentially aged out of the system. And without a family or support group of any kind, many of them end up homeless. Telling the story gives people information they need to get involved and help these kids.”
Following his April 3rd stop in Amarillo, Jimmy will continue on to Phoenix, where HomeBase Youth Services is located. HomeBase is an Arizona-based, non-profit organization founded in 1991 to address the growing needs of at-risk and homeless youth age 21 and younger.