Children of Peace Goodwill Ambassador Paul Haines and his 2024 Baltic Walk for Peace

There is a JustGiving page for this Baltic walk.

I have started my 2024 Walk for Peace from Tallinn, to Riga, Vilnius and then Warsaw, a distance of approximately 700 miles.

I will be walking close to a war that is ongoing in Ukraine and very conscious of other wars around the world including the war in Gaza. I have chosen the charity Children of Peace because of their inspiring work funding many organisations that help children in the Middle East. 

As before I will walk wearing signs with information about my walk and a ‘peace flag’. I will also carry one of my books in which I ask people to write their Message of Peace. I will engage with as many people as I can to help raise the profile and awareness of peace in this world. As previously, I will spend time in the cities I visit researching for my site,

Below is a quick video I did as I started off. 

This is the 2024 live route. The red disc marks the start point in Tallin, Estonia. The disc will move down the map as the walk progresses…

Paul’s Baltic Walk for Peace – Live!

Follow the walk day by day. Here are pics he is sending with his messages…

DAY 1, 17 MAY

I have just completed my first day successfully and staying in a place called Saku. All well. Slightly hot walk today but not too excessive. Off to a good start, let’s hope it continues! I managed to get a number of photos as I left Tallinn, some from Freedom Square. Incidentally, the posters that you can see were printed in Tallinn by a Quaker I met. The four posters are still in place as I left.

DAY 5, 21 MAY

Quick message from Paul. Last night he was in Marjamaa. He’s about 50 miles into his walk. 

DAY 7, 23 MAY

My message for today comes from Parnu, Estonia’s fourth largest city and very much a beachside spa holiday resort. It remains very hot!

DAY 9, 25 MAY

I crossed the border from Estonia to Latvia today, which made me think of 23 August 1989 and The Baltic Way. This was when two million inhabitants of the Baltic states joined hands forming a human chain from Tallinn through Riga to Vilnius. It was a peaceful political demonstration expressing unity, freedom and a desire for independence. Pics show me leaving Estonia.

DAY 13, 29 MAY

I’m now in Riga, the capital of Latvia. I arrived at the centre of the city at the Freedom Monument which is topped by the Freedom Statue. It symbolises the Latvian nation’s striving for freedom and independence and was unveiled on 18 November 1933. I’m making good progress and finding it fascinating finding out about countries I’ve never been to before.

Paul has now covered about 30% of his 700 mile walk.

DAY 19, 4 JUNE

Here’s my latest update….
I have now crossed from Latvia into Lithuania. Close to the border is a memorial to the Baltic Way of 1989 and sometimes known as the Baltic Chain or Chain of Freedom.
It was a symbol of successful non-violent resistance and an example of how peaceful protest can make a difference. Two million people holding hands across a distance of 600 kilometres!

Paul has now travelled more than a third of his 700 mile walk.

DAY 25, 10 JUNE

I’m now in Vilnius, Lithuania, having completed ‘The Baltic Way’ of 1989 from Tallinn to Vilnius.
It seems hugely symbolic to stand beside the commemorative sculpture called ‘The Road of Freedom’ dedicated to the 1989 event and the restoration of the state of Lithuania.

Paul has now more than halfway along his 700 mile walk (375 miles).

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