Growing interest in the inaugural Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk has prompted organisers to extend the closing date for entries.
Participants had until yesterday (September 20) to hand in their applications and proof of payment at allocated entry points. Entries have now been extended till 5am on the day of the race which is October 1.
“There is a lot of interest in the race and we felt that in line with the practice around major races such as this one, we are going to allow people to enter on Saturday morning (October 1),” explains Prince Hamnca organiser for the walk.
Hamnca, however, still advised participants to hand in their entries earlier to avoid the last minute rush.
Newly established Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation has partnered with the City of Ekurhuleni and the O.R Tambo International Airport to bring the maiden annual walk in the name of the Tambos.
The walk effectively kick-starts the annual October month celebrations of the life and legacy of struggle stalwarts Oliver and Adelaide Tambo by the City of Ekurhuleni.
Walkers can take park either in the 5km or 17km liberation walk which will trace the footsteps of the Tambos from Ekurhuleni, where they lived before they were banished into exile for more than 30 years and where they remain buried next to each other in Wattville. In the next few years, these footsteps will be traced back from Mbizana in the Eastern Cape where he was born in 1917 to places like London.
The walk has also been supported by the following personalities, Uyanda Mbuli, Carol Manana, Kass Nadioo and Khosi Zwane-Siguqa who are the official brand ambassadors.
The proceeds of the walk will go to people living with disabilities through a number of charities namely, the Adelaide Tambo Development Centre in Wattville, Benoni, the Adelaide Tambo School for the Disabled in Soweto, and the Brave Foundation.
The walk will also include a 5km school challenge involving learners from disadvantaged schools around Ekurhuleni. The winning school stands to take home a cash prize as a donation from the foundation.
The entry fee for the walk will be R70 for the 5km and R80 for the 17km. Entry forms can be found at selected sport stores, malls and at the information desk at O.R. Tambo International Airport or by logging onto the website, www.tamboliberationwalk.co.za.
Forms can also be obtained at the offices of the Central Gauteng Athletics located at the Germiston Stadium along Delville Road in Germiston or by calling 011 873 2726 or 011 486 3381 .
Other partners include Central Gauteng Athletics, SAFM, The Star, Kasie FM, Voice of Tembisa FM, and Shereno Printers cc.
For more information on the walk please call Prince Hamnca 082 454 6742 or Fatima Cele on 083 649 5353.