FCB Joburg Managing Director, Thabang Skwambane, has joined former Aluwani interns, Warren Handley and Tom David, at Victoria Falls for a few days of their epic journey on foot from Kilimanjaro to Johannesburg.
Handley and David have climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and are currently walking the more than 6000km back to Johannesburg, living at or below the South African food poverty line of $2 a day.
Previously The Lonely Road Foundation, Aluwani was founded by Skwambane in 2007 when he completed an unsupported cycle of about 6 000km from Johannesburg to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and finished his journey by climbing the mountain.
“Thabang’s three-month journey symbolised the lonely road that orphans and vulnerable children walk through childhood. It was inspired by 22-month old orphan, Sello Moloto, who Thabang met while she was waiting hungrily for food among 63 other orphans,” said Handley.
“He queried why she was alone and was told that she had to learn to look after herself. He established Aluwani to contribute to and support initiatives that work towards ensuring children shouldn’t ever be that vulnerable.
“As former Aluwani interns, we saw the 10-year anniversary as an amazing opportunity to build on what Thabang did to start the organisation and highlight both the progress and new challenges that have been discovered.
“It’s awesome that he has been able to join us and walk a part of the way.”
Follow the duo’s homeward stretch on www.walkwithus2017.co.za.