The Chief Albert Luthuli commemorative walk for a good cause

2016-07-20 06:00

THIS Saturday, 23 July at 7am, will see hundreds of participants from diverse areas in KwaZulu-Natal and various provinces descend upon the popular area of Groutville for the Chief Albert Luthuli walk, sponsored by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Enterprise iLembe, Durban ICC, Old Mutual, Transnet, Department of Arts and Culture, and PHS.
The 11, 5km walk will commemorate Chief Luthuli’s final walk to the railway bridge where he had an accident that led to his untimely death.

Historically, this year, it will be 49 years after the tragic train accident on 21 July 1967 that killed Chief Albert Luthuli. He was a devout Christian, chief of Groutville Amakholwa Tribe, president of the African National Congress, and the first African winner of the Nobel Prize.
Luthuli had been walking from the family grocery store, Nonhlevu trading store in Nkukhwini near Gledhow, to the family agricultural fields across Umvoti River in Thembeni. He was using the railway bridge to cross the river when he was struck by a train. Accordingly, the walk will be from his home in Groutville (which is now a world-class museum) to the accident site, back via the grave site at the Groutville United Congregational church to the museum.

The way the commemorative walk is structured is great, there will be three water stations - Charllottadale, accident site, and UCC.
Medals and walkers’ gear (caps and t-shirts) will be given to participants. At the museum, health care providers will provide free screenings to the public.
These screenings encompass cancer screenings, heart disease, diabetes, TB and others.
Participants who have entered are encouraged to collect their gear at the Luthuli Museum as from Friday. Furthermore, on that same day, a volleyball tournament will be held in KwaDukuza at the recreation grounds in accordance with the Chief Albert Luthuli commemorative walk.

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