Joost fan: I'm walking 624 km for my rugby hero

By admin
21 July 2014

Marky Warren is walking the 624km from Johannesburg to Durban for raise awareness for MND.

A 33-year-old IT specialist recently took the first steps on a walk from Johannesburg to Durban.  Marky Warren, who grew up in Durban but now lives in London, will cover the 624 km in 18 days and thereby boost awareness of motor neuron disease (MND).

MND sufferer Joost van der Westhuizen was in his wheelchair by Marky’s side when he set off on his journey from Woodmead, Johannesburg.

When Marky heard for the first time his rugby hero was ill he was certain  Joost would beat MND because he’d always been special. But in 2012 when he heard during an interview on the online radio station Ballz Visual Radio that Joost’s speech was worsening he was heartbroken. Marky decided to do something to make a difference in the lives of MND sufferers.

Day 4 Let's Go! 43km today... Yes I look cold... It's flipping -2! #TheLongWalk #J9Foundation #MND PHOTO: Facebook Day 4 Let's Go! 43km today... Yes I look cold... It's flipping -2! #TheLongWalk #J9Foundation #MND PHOTO: Facebook

Last year he raised R53 000 for Joost’s J9 Foundation and Liv Village, a house for orphaned and neglected children in Durban, by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Afterwards he wondered what to do next. Eventually he decided on the 624-km walk.

To train for the walk he took to walking the 24 km home from work in London every day. “I quit work at 6 pm and got home at about 9.30 pm. My cats weren’t impressed,” Marky says with a laugh.

On weekends he took part in 42-km marathons. Except for the first and last days of the walk he will cover the distance of a marathon every day.

Marky has already raised R16 000. For more information do to his website, www.pharside.co.uk. 

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