Many well-known members of the local business community are taking part in a sponsored walk this month to help the people of Zimbabwe as the country faces its worst hunger crisis in a decade.
Alison Edgar, the Entrepreneurs Godmother, Anita Jaynes, The Business Exchange and Alec Jones-Hall, South West Expos are just some of those taking part in the #Walk4Difference (12th-25th June). The walk has been organised to help raise awareness of the 7.7 million people starving in Zimbabwe – half of the country’s population.
Zimbabwe’s economy was in meltdown before Covid hit, with normal rainfall recorded in just one of the last five growing seasons. With Coronavirus dominating the headlines, Zimbabwe has not received the attention it deserves. In April, Unicef rated the country as one of the world’s top global food crises in a new United Nations report and in need of urgent action. On top of environmental factors, it cited hyperinflation, shortage of currency, fuel and prolonged power shortages; widespread poverty; high levels of HIV/AIDS; and low agricultural output as drivers of the crisis.
Vana Trust’s Founder, Nyasha Gwatidzo, said, “This is the sixth year the Vana Trust has organised a fundraising walk, but this year’s challenge is more important than ever. We’re showing the people of Zimbabwe they will not walk alone and that black lives do matter. Please support us by sharing our message and help Zimbabwe receive the aid it deserves.”
It costs just £1 to feed a family for the day in Zimbabwe. To support the Vana Trust’s walkers visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/vanafundraising2020 and follow #Walk4Difference on social media. Walkers are sharing their videos and pictures of their fundraising daily.