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Charities are supported through the annual Gandhi Walk, taking place in Lenasia on Sunday in honour of the peace activist who spent much time in Joburg.
TAKKIES of all shapes and sizes will soon be making their way from underneath beds or at the back of cupboards, to peoples’ feet for Joburg’s annual Gandhi Walk.

 

Walking for charityWalking for charityNow in its 26th year, the Gandhi Walk will take place on Sunday, 27 March in Lenasia, south of the CBD. Lenasia, predominantly an Indian suburb, hosts the annual fun walk in honour of the late peace activist, Mahatma Gandhi, who established his philosophy of satyagraha during his years in South Africa, particularly in Johannesburg.
 

The walk will start and finish at Gandhi Hall on Impala Street in Extension 5. There will be two categories – a 15km walk beginning at 8.15am and a 7km walk beginning at 8.30am. There will be an entrance fee of R20 for walker’s numbers, which must be obtained before the walk begins.

More than 3 000 walkers are expected to participate, says Mahendrabhai Modi, the public relations officer on behalf of the event, who has urged people to buy their tickets early.

Tickets will be available at Gandhi Hall. Tables with volunteers selling walk tickets will be set up by 6am on the day of the walk. Delicious food will be sold at the food stalls at reasonable prices as part of the entertainment for the day.

“We encourage all families and friends to enjoy lunch with us and keep their home kitchens closed for the day,” says Modi.

Raffle tickets with excellent prizes will also be sold throughout the day, with the raffle draw taking place at 4pm.

Over the years, some 35 organisations have received contributions from the walk. Dignitaries who have taken part in the past include Executive Mayor Amos Masondo; the member of the mayoral committee for transport, Rehana Moosajee; and struggle stalwarts Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Chris Hani and Joe Slovo, among others.

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