Holgate’s next trip to promote 2010

2009-05-08 00:00

Adventurer Kingsley Holgate’s new expedition across southern Africa will promote the 2010 World Cup to children in nine countries.

Holgate, famous for his great treks across the continent, will set off with his team of volunteers today from the international Tourism Indaba in Durban. The team will visit 32 game reserves, seven transfrontier parks and the adjacent communities.

He told Weekend Witness the 2009 Grindrod Boundless Southern Africa Expedition is particularly special as he will be blogging about his experiences.

Boundless Southern Africa is a project supported by nine southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, SA, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“Normally people can’t find us because we are stuck in the desert or some weird place. Most of the time we are lost. This time we are going to record every move we make,” he said.

He said that while the expedition is about linking communities, cultures and nature, he will promote the 2010 World Cup to the people he meets.

Apart from distributing lap desks, 1 000 Life Straws (water purifiers), mosquito nets and malaria education pamphlets, Holgate and his team will help set up soccer pitches. “We are very excited about the soccer pitches. We really want to promote the sport,” he said.

Holgate will distribute 100 mobile education libraries to schools and use their environmental vehicle to educate children in schools and communities along the journey.

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