Gandhi Walk 2019
Over one thousand participants took part in the 13th annual Gandhi Walk held at Oxford Striders in Nahoon on Sunday. The walk is done to honour Mahatma Gandhi who was an activist and the leader of the Indian independence movement against British colonial rule employing nonviolent civil disobedience.
The walk organised by the East London Hindu Society (ELHS) also uses proceeds gained from the walk to donate to various charities. This year, ELHS took a different turn and looked for disadvantaged schools around East London to donate sanitary towels to. Member of the Gandhi Walk organizing committee, Raju Bhika said this year’s proceeds would be donated to five schools. “We have identified five schools that we will donate sanitary towels to and that will help about 2600 schoolgirls so that they don’t have to miss a day at school. This is an important part of the walk where we make donations and contribute to people’s lives,” said Bhika.
A senior citizen participant, Balie Bhika from Braelyn Heights said she has attended the Gandhi Walk since the first time it started. “I’m doing this in remembrance of Gandhi, to keep fit and also to raise funds for charities. This is also a fun way to go out with the family and have fun,” said Bhika.
During the scorching heat, participants took part in the 5km and 8km fun run/walk. The Gandhi Walk raised R20 000, which converts to 27 000 units of sanitary towels towards the ‘Keep a Girl in School” initiative.