The cream of South Africa’s entertainment industry will gather in Ekurhuleni this Saturday, 6 October 2012, to commemorate the secondannual Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk, which takes place at the O.R. Tambo International Airport Sports Groundin Kempton Park.
Themed ‘Walk to Educate’, the Liberation Walk traces the footsteps of anti-apartheid struggle icons Oliver and Adelaide Tambo in Ekurhuleni, where they spent a great part of their lives, and is a celebration of their values of self-sacrifice and serving others. The Walk is a partnership between the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, O.R. Tambo International Airport and the City of Ekurhuleniandforms part of celebrations during O.R. Tambo Month, as October has become known.
Among the big acts scheduled to performat this year’s event are award-winning,top selling kwaitogroup Biz Nuz, eclectic rock indie band the Graeme Watkins Project, and hip hopsensation L-Tido, who was one of this year’sSA Music Awards nominees.
“It is going to be a fun-filled day for the whole family with activities such as braais and fun games for the children,” says Rachel Tambo, Spokesperson for the Liberation Walk.“That we have been able to attract such big acts to entertain participants is a reflection of the growth in support that the Liberation Walk has received since its launch last year. Weare truly pleased with the range and calibre of support we have received and we believe we can only grow bigger from here. The line-up is also a celebration of our diversity as South Africans and the values that we hold dear as a people,” she added.
Proceedsfrom this year’s event will go towards improving the infrastructure of Ludeke Primary School in Bizana,Eastern Cape, where OR Tambo startedhis formal education, as well asthe Adelaide Tambo School for the physically disabled.
The theme of the race is in line with Oliver and Adelaide’s belief that education is the key to liberating the mind and unlocking the potential of young people everywhere.
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better. An estimated 6000 people are expected to participate in the Liberation Walk this Saturday. Participants can choose between a five-kilometrefun walk and a 10-kilometre walk. This year, for the first time, there will also be a 21-kilometre half-marathon for running enthusiasts.
“We have ensured that we cater for people across all ages and fitness levels. Therefore it does not matter whether you’re a gym enthusiast or have not worn your takkies in a while: everyone is welcome. This is truly going to be a fun-filled family affair,” says Tambo.
A number of cabinet ministers and high profile public figures, together with local celebrities, have also signed up to participate in the Walk. Recording artist and TV presenter Stoan Seate, media personality Kass Naidoo, businesswoman and socialite Uyanda Mbuli, and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizenwill be there to support the cause.
The totalprize money for this year is R150 000. The winners of the men’s and women’s half-marathon will each walk away with R15 000 and all race finishers will receive medals. The first 2 000 entries will receive a free goodie bag and Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk t-shirts.
“It is going to be a memorable eventfilled with lots of entertainment for children and adults alike,” saysSolomon Makgale, Group Communications Manager of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). “We encourage all South Africans to take part in this initiative as proceeds from the Walk will go a long way in changing the lives of school children for the better by creating healthy learning environments for them.”
The Liberation Walk will start and finish at O.R. Tambo International Airport Sports Ground (old Denel Grounds) off Atlas Road, Bonaero Park in Kempton Park.
Entries are open. To register for the Walk, visitwww.tamboliberationwalk.co.zato download entry forms or, go to the venue where a registration booth has been set up for registration and race pack collection. Registration will be available on the day of the event however, participants are encouraged to register early. For more information, contact the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation on 011-312-7743.