Hundreds braved the chilly weather to take part in the Desert Bush Walk in Jwaneng over the weekend.
Inaugurated in 2014, the initiative aimed at raising funds for the less privileged members of society, with education being the focus area.
The project coordinator, Mr Archibald Ngakayagae said he was impressed with the number of people who turned up for the event as well as the sponsors who gave the event the much needed boost.
He said this year’s target was P150 000 and he was optimistic that they had reached the set target.
He commended participants who came from neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
“Initially this was supposed to be a once off thing but due to the encouragement and support we received, we decided to organise more of such events,” Mr Ngakayagae said.
Furthermore, he noted that they had since registered a CSI Concept Foundation to help facilitate this initiative in a more formal way.
The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) spokesperson, Ms Keitumetse Setlang, applauded organisers of the Desert Bush Walk for such a noble gesture.
She said, as a tourism body, they gave support to events that contributed to the country’s economic diversification efforts.
She therefore said that needed to be commended, especially coming from the private sector.
“The event has drawn people from all corners of the county and even beyond our borders, and their expenses go into growing the economy of Jwaneng and the country at large,” she noted.
Southern District Council chairperson, Mr Mephato Reatile, commended all the sponsors and participants, especially those from outside the country.
He said by heeding the call to help, they were also challenging Batswana to do the same in their countries when the need arose.
He said the peace and tranquility in Botswana had enabled a conducive environment for other nationals to feel free to participate in such events.
Mr Reatile noted that such gatherings were helping to solidify the relations between Botswana and other countries.
Source: Botswana Daily News.