‘One Step at a time’ – The Tourism industry gets behind the Moon Walkers to raise funds and awareness for Breast cancer here in Botswana
Our Moon Walk is BACK for 2016! Only this time it’s an even bigger challenge for the ladies walking across the famed Makgadikgadi salt pans to raise awareness for breast cancer in Botswana.
In 2015, a group of friends, 10 ladies from Maun undertook the challenge of walking a full marathon distance (42.2 km) across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans through the night under full Moon hence the name the Moon Walkers, a concept based on the famous Breast Cancer fundraiser walks within the UK and worldwide. This year our Walkers have decided to double the challenge with the hope of doubling the funds raised! ‘Doubling the distance to double the dough’
On the 18th of August 2016, over full moon, our 10 ladies many who walked last year and a few new walkers who have joined will now be attempting the famous comrade’s marathon distance of 90km and others aiming for an ultra-marathon distance of 56km again across the renowned Makgadikgadi salt pans, both considerable challenges to undertake with no sleep, through the day and night and with the harsh conditions of the cold and the daytime heat that one can expect in August on the pans at this time of the year.
The volunteer Walkers and crew are all affiliated to the Botswana tourism industry in one way or another, giving their time, their dedication and their commitment together with the Sponsors who combined make this all possible – creating the awareness and raising funds for Breast cancer here in Botswana.
Why this challenge? All in the name of charity. The ladies will be raising awareness for breast cancer in Botswana, and hope to increase and potentially double their incredible achievement of BWP 160’000.000 that was raised last year. All funds will be going to Journey of Hope, a non-profit organisation www.joh.org.bw (Visit our Facebook page for more details).
Why the Makgadikgadi salt pans? If any of you have ever visited the Makgadikgadi salt pans you will know why.. an expanse of endless horizons with the most incredible arid and desolate landscape as Botswana tourism describes it on their website – “Imagine – if you will – an area the size of Portugal, largely uninhabited by humans. Its stark, flat, featureless terrain stretches – it would seem – to eternity, meeting and fusing with a milky-blue horizon.”
The overall support for this challenge from the Tourism industry within Botswana has been outstanding, proving once again that community spirit combined with commitment to helping and assisting to provide for others within the country we call home.
Our Sponsors for this year’s walk include African Horseback Safaris, Kalahari Kanvas, Kavango Engineering, Machaba Safaris, Major Blue Air, MIDAS, Ngamiland Adventure Safaris, Safari Destinations, Time Travel, Wilderness Safaris, Letaka safaris, Travel Adventures Botswana, Deception Valley lodge, Sense of Africa Botswana, Air Shakawe, Mack Air, Kalahari insurance, Guma Lagoon Camp, Muchenje safari lodge, Buy & build, Accpro and JG Afrika.
Without the support of these sponsors, initiatives such as these would not be possible and we are thrilled to be a part of a small town with big ambitions!
To our Sponsors – Supporting the walkers, admiring the Challenge and Honouring the Cause!
We thank you,
The Moon Walkers of 2016
Walk our Walk and Follow our Story together with our sponsors…
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