Support Unogwaja Challenge cycle team

2015-05-27 06:00
PHOTO: David Papenfus 

The plan is for the Unogwaja Challenge cycle team and the Unogwaja on-foot team to arrive at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall with the people of Pietermaritzburg. People along the route can also join in the walk.

PHOTO: David Papenfus The plan is for the Unogwaja Challenge cycle team and the Unogwaja on-foot team to arrive at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall with the people of Pietermaritzburg. People along the route can also join in the walk.

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JOHN McInroy and Robert le Brun and the Unogwaja Challenge cycle team will arrive at the Pietermaritzburg city hall on 30 May as they conclude their journey which began in Cape Town at the beginning of the month.

The Unogwaja Challenge cyclists and two of its members, McInroy and le Brun walked the distance for the first time. They have been wearing red socks for the duration of the challenge in keeping with the movement that McInroy started in 2010 called Red Sock Friday.

In 2011 a small group of people cycled from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in 10 days and then ran the Comrades to emulate Phil Masterton-Smith, whose nickname was Unogwaja, the Zulu word for “hare”. In 1933 he could not afford the train fare from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg and so he cycled the distance before running Comrades.

Unogwaja is about inspiring change and empowerment across South Africa helping people to help themselves.

The plan is also for the Unogwaja Challenge cycle team and the Unogwaja on-foot team to arrive at the city hall alongside the people of Pietermaritzburg. People along the route can also join in the walk for as long they can, or want to.

When the team crossed the halfway mark, fundraising had reached R1 million. Making it this far is an enormous achievement and the support along the way has been overwhelming and humbling.

“On the last kilometre of their journey, from Kershaw Park to the city hall, we as the Msunduzi Municipality will be accompanying the team, together with fellow council members and school children. We extend an invitation to our citizens to mobilise as many people as possible to be a part of uniting South Africa.

“We want to create as much hype and awareness about this exciting story that would be happening on that day. We would want the whole of Pietermaritzburg to give the Unogwaja team a warm welcome to the City of Choice – second to none,” said Nqobile Madonda, acting marketing and communications manager of Msunduzi Municipality.

For more information visit www.unogwaja.com

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