By Novell Zwangendaba: This Sunday’s Discovery 702 Walk The Talk was a great success, but it wasn’t just the walkers who went the distance. Discovery and Talk Radio 702 who hosts one of the world’s biggest walking event’s, deserve the kudos. It’s a fun event for the whole family that promotes the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
Tens of thousands of alkers took part in various distances ranging from timed 15km and 30km walks, to the 5km and 8km fun walks.
This walk is the largest in South Africa, africa and one of the largest in the world.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” Nelson Mandela, Laureus World Sports Awards, Monaco 2000.
Laures Ambassadors and friends Lucas radebe, Baby Jack Mtlala, Shaun Pollock, and Morne Du Plesis also joined in the walk.
The vision of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation as elaborated above by Laureus’ Patron Nelson Mandela is “Sport has the power to change the world.”
Its mission is to use the power of sport to address social challenges through the support of sports-related community development initiatives, using sport as a tool for social change.
Edwin Moses, the Foundation’s Chairman, summed up Laureus’ bold mission with the following words: “As long as there are people on the ground who are inspired enough to give up their time to set up these projects, you’ll find Laureus there to support them. Wherever you
look, you’ll see Laureus Academy members striving to establish new projects, whether it’s Emerson Fittipaldi in Brazil, Morné du Plessis in South Africa, Hugo Porta in Argentina, Boris Becker in Germany or Kapil Dev in India. These are men and women who achieved what they did in sport because they never gave up. That energy and drive now goes into Laureus, and the beneficiaries are underprivileged youngsters around the world.”
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s objective is to help young people overcome the limitations imposed by challenging social issues including poverty, homelessness, war, violence, drug abuse, discrimination and AIDS.