MP walkers take 320km distance in campaign to have 6 pupils enrolled next year

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MP walkers take 320km distance in campaign to have 6 pupils enrolled next year
POSITIVITY: The group calls themselves the Lowveld Walkers and will cover a distance of 34 to 37km each day in the 2nd annual walk campaign. PICTURE Supplied.

They are 67 – all from the eHlanzeni area of Mpumalanga – and they began in their 2nd Annual Long Walk to Fitness campaign Monday 1 July 2019.


The campaign by the Lowvelder Walkers is to have the varsity doors opened even wider with a 320km walk from Tshwane to Mbombela. 

They say this is part of leading a healthy lifestyle but will also use it to try and raise an amount of R300 000 from the long walk – money that will be used next year to help those high-performing matric pupils get access to the University of Mpumalanga.

This amount can cover for the tuition fees of 6 pupils, group founder Joe Mashaba said. 

He said this is the 2nd time they walk – and they do this yearly in honour of the late struggle icon Nelson Mandela. July is known as Mandela Month in South Africa and it celebrates the day of 18 July 1918 when Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, Eastern Cape. 

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The walkers will cover a distance of 34 to 37km each day over 10 days. 

Mashaba said they actually honour Mandela “as a leader who was keen on education.

“The walkers invite all citizens of the country to sponsor the education of 6 Grade 12 learners. 

“We hope to enrol 6 best-performing learners from the province at the University of Mpumalanga,” he said. 

“By being at UMP we as Lowveld Walkers would be able to monitor their progress and offer them continued support and guidance when needed,” he added.

He said the Walkers will make a stop in eMalahleni from Tshwane and then take a time to visit both old age and orphanage centres in the area. 

Then afterwards will walk pass through to Middelburg, where they will visit Bethesda Place to assist.

They would lastly visit a drop-in centre and an old age home in Waterval Boven.

(edited by MLM) 

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