The fourth edition of the Desert Bush Walk: Winter 2018 is slated to take place on July 28. The event that promotes sports tourism and raises funds for charitable causes has also drawn interests from over 2 500 participants. There is still some space left for last minute ticket buyers as the deadline has been extended to July 1 from the initial date of June 15.
This year, the popular event has drawn the interest of three chief walkers who are cabinet ministers: Alfred Madigela, Unity Dow and Thapelo Olopeng.
Speaking in an interview with event organiser, Archibald Ngakayagae, he explains that preparations are going very well and that everything is on track. He also says that they are still working on getting more sponsors and trying to address the issue of shortage of accommodation in Jwaneng.
He also emphasises that their number one aim is to raise enough money for the chosen projects that are to benefit. Last year alone, they raised over P235 000. Close to 13 schools including primary and pre-schools in the following areas benefitted: Kokong, Sekoma, Kanaku, Mokhomba, Morwamosu, Khakhea, Khonkhwa, Itlhoko, Maokane, Thankane, Tsoanyane, Jwana, Kgalagadi and Sese. They received teaching aids, computers as well as money for sport development and the completion of a classroom.
Every year, Ngakayagae explains that they start on a clean slate, and that they sit down with the Ministry to discuss the needs of the schools in their area.
Sponsors who are already on board include Mokala lodge, MRI, Patmo Transport, Liberty Life, Botswana Savings Bank, BTC, BAMB, Letshego, Botswana Guardian, Sunday Standard, Carly Clothing, Duma Fm, Botswana Oil, Puma Energy, Majwe Mining, Matseka Printing, Pick n Pay (Jwaneng), webtickets, NT4 Engineering, as well as Davebouy Worx. More sponsors are however, still welcome.
This year, they have ticket sales in Rustenburg, Johannesburg, and Lesotho. “We have large support from outside the country, hence we have these ticket sales,” he explains.