An Avila Beach man and his dog traveled 30 states in an Airstream trailer to raise funds for a Central Coast nonprofit.
Joe O’Connor raises funds for the nonprofit CASA, which helps abused and neglected children.
KSBY first brought their story to you in July, when O’Connor and his 2 year old Aussie-doodle, Wally’s trek began. O’Connor and Wally returned to the Central Coast on Friday October 1.
O’Connor says that in the last week of their trip, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, they would match any donations they received.
“A few days ago two elderly couples gave me $ 20 each and said ‘hey, this is for the kids.’ I have a lot of stories like this, ”O’Connor said.
“I actually did volunteer work and I have children I defend in court. They are like all other children. They have just been taken from their homes because they are being abused and we are here to support them. , to defend them. “O’Connor said.” They just didn’t have the opportunities the other kids had. They just need to be loved and exposed, they’re like everyone else. “
O’Connor says he’s received a lot of support from people, whether it’s care packages or phone calls.
When asked about the purpose of the CASA foundation, O’Connor said, “to be reunited with a relative if possible, if not with a family member”.
Funds raised for CASA are intended to help train volunteers and programs for children.
I really hope people will put their energy into donating money, and if they don’t want to, then donate time and learn more about CASA, ”said O’Connor.
You can watch the pair’s travels on Facebook and Instagram at “Wally Travels for Kids”.
To learn more about CASA, visit this website.