After climbing the two highest mountains in the world to raise money for charity Tshwaragano Adventure Trust are at it again. This time around members are cycling an enduring 1000 km from Shakawe village to the Capital City Gaborone. The ten member cycling team will make pit stops at various villages and settlements along the way, donating at least 100 books to ten schools.
The members will also spend time interacting with students to encourage a culture of reading and keeping fit.
Speaking at a Tshwaragano Literacy Challenge (TLC) media round table held at Thapong Visual Arts Centre recently Tshwaragano’s Tigele Mokobi said they were all excited about the expedition.
“Unlike other cycling challenges, this one is also beneficial for the schools that will be receiving books we have collected for them,” he said. He said as people who live in the heart of Gaborone they tend to overlook smaller communities that are less privileged and as such this challenge is all about awarding even children outside of Gaborone a chance to improve their reading.
Moraki Mokgosana, also a member of the Trust, said the team had been practising for the challenge and were ready to help the children as part of the Trust’s TLC. “The team has been preparing for this challenge and it is finally time to deliver. Initially this challenge was to donate 50 books to the 10 schools we have identified along the way but we have now collected enough books to donate 100 books per school and donations are still coming in.” He expressed gratitude to all the sponsors who made it possible and invested in the project. The Tshwaragano Literacy Challenge will see all Trust members cycling from Shakawe to Gaborone in eleven days.
“TLC comes in the same year that Botswana celebrates 50 years of independence. The milestone also coincides with the culmination of the country’s national Vision 2016 which defined and managed the country’s path towards ‘Prosperity for All’ by 2016,” a statement from the Trust reads, adding,“Within the seven pillars of Vision 2016 are two pillars dedicated to education and compassion. These are Vision Pillar 1 focused on, ‘An Educated, and Informed Nation’ and Vision Pillar 3 focused on ‘A Compassionate, Just and Caring Nation’.
”Two of Tshwaragano members Mokgosana and Mahube Mpugwa, went on a ‘foolish’ excursion up the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 2015 to raise money for the Cancer Association Botswana (CAB). “Some people call us courageous for what we did. In my opinion they could not be further from the truth; we were fools,” Mokgosana said on his return from the Everest.
Through the excursion they managed to raise P250, 000 for CAB. In 2012 eight members of the Trust conquered Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro and raised P250, 000 for CAB. Some of the sponsors for the TLC initiative include: Liberty Life, Letshego, AT & C Consulting Engineers, MRI Botswana, Bomaid, Akanyang Skinners & Associates, Piersons Botswana, Joes Electrical and Thornhill Primary School.
Tshwaragano Adventure Trust was established in April 2012 by a group of 10 professionals who were brought together by their passion for health and fitness. The Trust is organised and operated for the purpose of raising funds for various needy and/or charitable causes through activities that demand rigorous fitness and encourage good health through physical exercise.