27 August 2020, The South African Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom (UK), has brought together some of South Africa’s loved celebrities to raise COVID-19 relief funds through South Africa’s Solidarity Fund – an independent public benefit organisation with a mandate to support the national health response, contribute to humanitarian relief efforts and mobilise South Africans in the fight against COVID-19.
Former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, popularly known as Rhoo is among the celebrities calling for South Africans in the UK to participate in the #SolidarityWalk on any one or more days this Bank Holiday weekend from 29th to 31st August 2020.
“I am a firm believer in community, and this is an example of how South Africans can come together, no matter where they are on the world and work together towards achieving a common goal. I will be walking in solidarity with the South African diaspora and friends of our nation, not only to raise funds, but also to honour the work of everyone who has been helping the country overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.” said Radebe
Last month, Radebe has expressed his delight at his former club’s return to the Premier League and says they deserve to be back. This week, together with former Springbok legends, Francois Pienaar and Andre Snyman, multi-award winning South African music legend PJ Powers aka Thandeka and South African rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and talk show host, Karen Zoid, the #SolidarityWalk ambassadors have come together to challenge South Africans in the UK and the globe to take part in the #SolidarityWalk.
This initiative brings together business leaders, celebrities, South Africans and friends of the country, united for a good cause.
Andre Snyman said, “Supporting initiatives that contribute to the Solidarity Fund in South Africa has never been so important. We all have a role to play in the well-being of those less fortunate in our country. The pandemic has left so many families destitute with little or no source of income, so this is an easy way to contribute and donate whatever you can.”
Sharon Constançon, Chair of the South African Chamber of Commerce (UK), welcomes the business and high-profile celebrity support, saying “We are happy that South Africans have a safe mechanism in the form of the Solidarity Fund to contribute to those in need because of COVID-19 in South Africa. We’re also delighted to partner with well-loved South African personalities who are giving their time for the Solidarity Walk.”
Participants can join the walk and collectively cover 2414 miles/ 3885 kilometres – which is the distance from Cape Town to Beitbridge and back again. The distance will be virtually displayed on the SA Chamber website along with a moving map to show progress in miles.
Register for participation for the #SolidarityWalk: https://southafricanchamber.co.uk/event/events.php?eid=586
Date: Any one or more days from 29th to 31st August 2020
Time: At any time that suits you, within the 3 days
Place: Wherever you wish to exercise – close to home, a park, your garden, one of the suggested routes – wherever it is easy to access and safe
With whom: Alone, with your family, with friends, with a social group formed for the event
Cost: £1.50 (approx. R35) to register – optional refund from final donation
Donation: Any amount, see website below for instructions
Sponsorship: Raising money at an amount per mile walked, encourages you to walk further
Activity: As long as you are moving on foot you can join – walking, running, hiking, pushing a pram, walking the dog; you and your family’s steps count too.
Social Media: Twitter: @SAChamberUK #SolidarityWalk
Facebook: @SouthAfricanChamberUK #SolidarityWalk
Instagram: @SAChamberUK #SolidarityWalk
LinkedIn: South African Chamber of Commerce #SolidarityWalk
For more info: www.southafricanchamber.co.uk