Moonwalk raises over BWP 250’000 for breast cancer awareness in Botswana
In August, a team of brave girls from Maun took on the phenomenal challenge of walking 56 km or 90 km across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to raise funds for Journey of Hope, generating breast cancer awareness in Botswana.
This was the second year running for the Moon Walk and the challenge could not have been greater. On the 18th August 2016 over full moon, the 10 ladies (many of who walked last year and a few new walkers) walked the famous comrade’s marathon distance of 90km or the ultra-marathon distance of 56km, across the renowned Makgadikgadi salt pans. These are both considerable challenges to undertake, walking continuously with no sleep through the harsh cold nights and daytime heat that one can expect in August on the salt pans. The volunteer walkers and crew are all affiliated to the Botswana tourism industry in one way or another, giving their time, dedication and commitment, together with the support of the sponsors, to create awareness and raise funds for breast cancer here in Botswana.
Journey of Hope are dedicated to spreading breast cancer awareness amongst the women and men of Botswana. Journey of Hope is widely known for its annual ‘Big Journey’, whereby women (many of whom are breast cancer survivors) travel the country on pink scooters hosting educational workshops, talks and free examinations. Statistics, details and more information on Journey of Hope are available on their website.
The Pink Ribbon sponsors this year were named as African Horseback Safaris, Kalahari Kanvas, Kavango Engineering, Machaba Safaris, Major Blue Air, MIDAS, Ngamiland Adventure Safaris, Safari Destinations, Time Travel and Wilderness Safaris. Sense of Africa’s very own Nicky Dance created the idea and completed the 90km.
This year the walkers set themselves the challenge to double the distance and the funds raised. We are thrilled to confirm that they achieved their goal and raised a staggering BWP 250’000. Hats off to you ladies and congratulations!