The Desert Bush Walk that attracts multitudes of walkers and hikers across the country is expected to be bigger this year after activities were stopped to on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The walk, which is organized by CSI-Concepts Foundation, is the Sixth edition of The Desert Bush Walk.
The walk is divided into two categories, 15KM and 30KM, both starting in Jwaneng, then take a bush trail into the Desert and ending back in Jwaneng.
According to the organisers the main objective of the Foundation is among others; to raise funds and support inclusive and sustainable community development projects. “With this Walk, we also aim to promote and brand Jwaneng (and its environs) as a tourism destination for both local and international tourists, this in line with an attempt to diversify Botswana’s economy through the growth of event and sport tourism. This year’s walk’s theme is “Growing Sport Tourism – building a sustainable future”.
The other benefits of the walking/hiking extend to many aspects of health, fitness and wellness.
Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane is the chief walker.
“100% of the proceeds from the Walk for 2022 will not ONLY be used on sustainable educational projects and disadvantaged Children within Jwaneng-Mabutsane area, but will have Beneficiaries across the country where there is a need, and therefore benefiting all sectors, not only education,” according to the foundation.
In 2019 the money accrued from the walk amounting to P375, 000.00 was distributed to different Organisations and Projects. Thabi and Letsopa Secondary School Students, Lions Club-Lobatse, Mogale Secondary School, Lephoi Centre for the blind (Francistown) and Mochudi Resource Centre for the blind (Mochudi), Embrace Emotions Support Network (EESN), the following Primary Schools (Sese, Kedia, Ikgoga, Ramaphatle, Polokwe). P20 000.00 was donated to Covid-19 National Relief Fund.
In 2018 the foundation donated towards the construction of a reception classroom at Kanaku Primary School. In P 235,000.00 went to 14 Primary Schools in Jwaneng-Mabutsane towards pre-primary education and quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes. Five Computers were donated to Morwamosu Primary School.