Charlotte gives all in 5000km walk for charity

ACTIVIST Charlotte Steyn has walked 5 327km through the nine provinces following the shape of a heart to raise funds for needy charities.

My left foot is dead. My shoes are torn and I can barely walk. I started at the Eden on Big Bay through Bloemfontein, then Mahikeng, Johannesburg, Polokwane and down the coast near Durban. The last 23km was the most gruelling. It felt like I was so close to end for me but there was no cigar for me, Steyn said, who walked in association with GiveAll2Charity.

The Cape Times yesterday saw a limping Steyn in a Big Bay restaurant where she celebrated with friends and family I walked for 162 days. The idea just came to me but I did not raise enough money When we have less poverty on the streets and fewer issues in our country that is when I know that I have raised enough money she said.

She said an art auction to raise more money would be held later this year. The project is part of a campaign to raise awareness of South Africas major needs which arise at different stages of the human life cycle, and to spur (others) on to actively partake in the journey to improve the lives of others, Steyn said. Money will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital, Bokamoso Education Trust, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Tshepang, Leonard Cheshire Disability, SA Older Persons Forum, Black Sash, Food & Trees for Africa and Adopt a Pet.

Charlotte will present a motivational production, which highlights her walk through the country, on the importance of being aware of social problems and how citizens can help. It will be presented in all major towns and cities.

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