Long walk for charity

Daryn Wood
A MOTHER and daughter are more than halfway on their 750km walk to Cape Town to raise funds and awareness for six charities close to their hearts.
With a cheerful send off from their supporters, Wendy Swannell, 50, and her daughter Whitney, 23, left Port Elizabeth on April 1 for a journey that would test them physically as well as mentally – all for a good cause.
The charities that will benefit are the (Childhood Cancer Foundation), Animal Anti-Cruelty League, Eastern Province Youth Centre, the Heart Foundation, Nazareth House and the (South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence).
“All of these organisations work tirelessly for the causes that they represent and are all in desperate need of funding,” Wendy said.
The two have a special connection to each charity and were tired of hearing people say “we must do something” and nothing gets done.
Wendy is the vice-chairperson of the Facebook group Port Elizabeth Appreciation Squad (PEAS) under the banner of Public Servants News Network Port Elizabeth. PEAS is involved in assisting the less fortunate in the community.
Wendy and Whitney have since started a Facebook group, PSNN PE’s Grounded Angels, to keep people updated on their journey. Companies, as well as the public, are able to make donations or make a pledge per kilometre. Banking details are on the page.
“The idea for this walk was born from assisting the less fortunate, but I wanted to take it one step further and decided that the walk to Cape Town would help immensely. It is all so easy to sit back and say ‘How can we make a difference?’, well this is how we are going to make a difference – by walking 750-plus kilometres,” Wendy said.
The duo, who are being accompanied by a backup vehicle, aim to walk at least 30km a day and have been able to find accommodation along the way so far.
Wendy said doing something as big as this will make enough people sit up and take notice as the charities need assistance desperately.
” We wish them a fantastic journey and really appreciate their making a difference to those who cannot speak for themselves,” said Linda-Louise Swain of AACL.

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