Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation executive trustee Fungai Chiposi last month walked 30km from the City of Harare’s Town House to Makoni shopping centre in Chitungwiza.
The journey was in preparation for what his company is calling the Green Walkathon which will see Chiposi walking 1,000km through the country’s major towns from 26 February to 5 April.
The organisation’s programs officer Gamuchirai Danzvara explains, “The walkathon is meant to raise awareness about littering across the nation in a bid to preserve the environment.” She said that they are also aiming to raise $500,000 which will be used to run the Foundation as well as conduct clean up campaigns and execute the Bin-it Zimbabwe program. The program, which is in its second year, aims to eradicate litter across the country by 2017.
The 38 days walk will start at the Plumtree border post and will end here in Harare. Speaking about the preparatory walk Chiposi said, “For me, this walk was meant to assess my physical condition before embarking on the Green Walkathon. The speed pointers were great. At a very leisurely pace, I will cover 4km an hour and this can be improved to almost 6km per hour. Thus my projected 30km per day is a reasonable target.”
He added that physically he had a few aches in both feet partly due to his new takkies. “My toes burnt a bit and briefly the sole of my left foot wanted to flare up. My left knee niggled a bit but settled down. All in all I am convinced I can cover the 1,000km albeit with some serious physical challenges.”
Chiposi said he is doing the walkathon because he strongly believes that Africans should stand up and be counted in telling the story of their continent. “I believe there is need for serious discussion on the waste management chain in Zimbabwe and only drastic action will bring about this discussion and eventual progress on this issue,” he said.
Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that advocates for zero littering and environmental conservation with emphasis on community development. It is responsible for erecting most of the bins in the city centre under its Bin-it Zimbabwe project.
Caption: Fungai Chiposi (right) walks with Jazinda Machache, the Bin-it Harare chairperson.