Nkosinathi Manganyi is part of an annual walk initiative that started in 2014, where they walked from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein. They were walking to raise funds for an orphanage home that raises abandoned infants in Gauteng.
The intiative then continued in 2015, where Nkosinathi and a few other people walked from Bloemfontein to Port Elizabeth. In that year the goal was to raise money to buy school shoes and uniform for kids as well as using some of the funds to open a library.
This year they are increasing the kilometres. They are walking from Giyani to Cape Town, which is about 1 876 kilometres. The long trek this year is specifically for the community of Giyani. Nkosinathi has identified schools in Giyani that need this funding in order to rebuild the libraries as well as revamp the bathrooms and get clothes for more than 700 students.
“We might be able to raise funds that could cover beyond the schools that we are looking to fund.” he said “There is another school which is in Ermelo with kids sitting in the road, and that was a way of them striking to have a library in the community. I contacted them told them what we are doing to collaborate and include them because at the end of the day the journey is about helping everyone.”
The biggest factor that Nkosinathi is working for, he says, is a spiritual walk. As he walks, he prays for people as well. The journey is considered a heart restoration programme as well. This programme has been happening for the past two years. As Nkosinathi walks there are others who teach on schools about the heart restoration process.
“As I am walking, there will be a team going to schools and teaching about the heart restoration process, which is more about working on spiritual progress of people. It involves people and teaches people what it takes to give and what it means to give to others. It’s about enlightening people about where they are coming from and who they are and where they are going,” he said
Nkosinathi is the only one that is willing to walk to full way for 40 days. He is, however, inviting anyone who is willing to join him to do so. He has already started his walk to Cape Town, he started on Sunday and is on the road at the moment.
“We are trying to do all of this to raise money so for example if anyone wants to join us we will perhaps say for 5km it will be R100, but otherwise from where we started, I can say we have about 200 people joining us on the road,” he said.
Nkosinathi is about to reach 157km and counting, with his end goal being the Hectic 9nine studios in Cape Town. We wish him all the best on this great initiative!
Giyani Radio Community station manager Prenomen Chabani said: “Giyani is a poor community, he came to us and pitched after that we feel like we have to support him because we as a radio station want to help the community. We are monitoring him everyday so he can tell us where he is and what the challenges are that he is facing. We also help them with food and all that they may need for the trip.”
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