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Zach Bonner completes cross-country march on Sept. 14

Posted: September 10, 2010 12:21 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2010 12:21 p.m.

Zach Bonner, a 12-year-old homeless activist and recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, will finish the final leg of his "March Across America" at Virginia Avenue Park on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

Friends, family and local organizations will join him on the last stretch of his journey. Michael Guillen, chairman and president of Philanthropy Project, Mary Wong, president of Office Depot Foundation, singer Cody Simpson and other guests will also attend.

Zach will finish his walk with local supporters who will meet at Virginia Avenue Park to walk to the Santa Monica Pier, where he will participate in a press conference at 3:30 p.m.

Cody Simpson will perform an acoustic set after the conference at 4 p.m.

Zach Bonner's "March Across America" began on March 23 in Tampa, FL. In nearly six months, he covered 2,500 miles -- on foot -- to raise awareness for homeless children in America.

In 2004, in the destructive wake of Hurricane Charley, then six-year-old Bonner used his little red wagon to gather water and supplies for those victimized by the storm. The following year, he founded the Tampa-based nonprofit Little Red Wagon Foundation to help local distressed children.

From 2007 to 2009, Zach walked from Tampa to Washington, D.C. in a three-phase 1,225-mile-long trek, "From My House to the White House," on behalf of homeless youth in America.

"Little Red Wagon," a feature film inspired by Zach's life story directed by David Anspaugh from an original script by Patrick Sheane Duncan, was filmed in May.

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information about SCV Raw.


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