Legacy Walk to bring history to life in Groutville

2017-06-29 06:01
Over 500 people participated in the inaugural Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk in 2016.Photo: supplied

Over 500 people participated in the inaugural Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk in 2016.Photo: supplied

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HUNDREDS of participants from around KwaZulu-Natal and other provinces will descend upon Groutville for the Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk and Half Marathon on Saturday, July 22, in a bid to commemorate the icon and trace his final steps.

The event in his honour is spearheaded by Groutville community leader Zakhele Gumede and supported by the iLembe District Municipality, the KwaDukuza Municipality, Enterprise iLembe and the Luthuli Museum.
There will also be a charity golf day for corporate participants and other interested parties at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate on Friday, July 21, ahead of the walk and half marathon.

Gumede said the walk made its debut in July 2016 when over 500 people of all ages participated.

“This year is particularly significant given the 50th anniversary of Chief Albert Luthuli’s death and the main purpose of these events is to acknowledge and celebrate his life, but also to highlight the rich history and heritage of this area and grow its socio-economic and tourism potential,” he said.

While the routes differ for the 11.5 kilometre Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk and the 21km Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Half Marathon, the highlight of both will be the opportunity for participants to set foot on the railway bridge where Luthuli was allegedly hit by a train and to visit his memorial site situated in close proximity.

The route passes several iconic sites that contribute to the prolific history of the area.
These include the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and statue of Chief Luthuli on Chief Albert Luthuli Street, the King Shaka Visitor’s Centre which houses Shaka’s grave, the Observation Rock upon which King Shaka used to sit and watch his impis according to Zulu history, the soccer field where then New York senator Robert F Kennedy’s helicopter landed when he visited Chief Luthuli in 1966, and Luthuli’s final resting place at the Groutville Congregational Church Graveyard.
The town’s Luthuli Museum has also been proclaimed a national monument and includes the original 1927 home of Chief Luthuli situated at 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street.

“In KwaDukuza we have a rich legacy and we hope these events will help us use our heritage to build a tourism economy,” said Gumede.

Pre-registration for walk and marathon event and the charity golf event is essential. For more information or to register, visit www.luthuliwalk.org.za.

The entry fee for the race and half marathon is R100 per person which includes a T-shirt and a badge. Registration for the charity golf day is R3000 per four-ball or R750 for singles, with overnight accommodation at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate available if required and for the guest’s own account. All proceeds will go towards Groutville Intuthuko Yethu NPO formed by the Groutville community.

For all enquiries, contact organiser Zakhele Gumede on zsgumede@live.co.za or call 082 804 4488.

Also follow the events on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luthuliwalk

Instagram: @luthuliwalk

Twitter: @luthuliwalk



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