BEITBRIDGE District will on Friday headline the Matabeleland South chapter of the nationwide Friends of The Environment Walkathon powered by the Nyaradzo Group.
Chamnanga Secondary School and the community around the institution, one of Beitbridge’s oldest schools, will benefit from the event to include a tree-planting sub event and mini soccer tournament.
At national level, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to address at the finishing line of a Harare to Chivhu Walkathon, a wrapper to all provincial events.
Mnangagwa’s Chivhu event will follow a three day 139 kilometre Walkathon from the capital to which starts Thursday.
Beitbridge Manager of Nyaradzo Group Walter Mutero confirmed the events line up saying the Beitbridge event will be tri-pronged and officiated by Beitbridge East Member of Parliament Albert Nguluvhe.
It will start with the Walkathon then a treeplanting event and lastly a four-team social soccer tournament.
His company has partnered Soccer Sunday Reloaded, a social soccer outfit with developmental synergies with Chamnanga Secondary School.
He said apart from regreening Beitbridge, the business community will interface with their village based clientele.
“An opportunity to market and show case their products will be provided for the business community. The event will also educate the community on the need for trees in the Climate Change era,” he said.
His team was attracted by relations between Soccer Sunday Reloaded and Chamnanga Secondary School.
“That team uses Chamnanga Secondary School as it’s home ground. It showed us it’s relations with the community. We got attracted immediately. We have some projects lined up for that school and the social soccer team,” he said.
“We are also happy that this is one of the oldest schools in the district and our tree planting event will impart on villagers the importance of planting trees.”
The other projects are a school sign erection at the Harare to Beitbridge highway turn and plans and material are already in place.
Nyaradzo Group has also taken over the school’s Form One Agriculture subject they will pursue to Form 4 level.
The target class will be bussed to Beitbridge for lessons at the Nyaradzo Group Offices Tree Nursery.
A large nursery to benefit the school and the social soccer team is underway.
Mutero said his company has a product called EduTours insurance dedicated to educatiocational school trips he encouraged Beitbridge schools to take.
“Schools prepay for educational trips for students. Clubs can also join in the policy that helps promote domestic tourism.”
“It’s not only limited to schools or students but adults and groups can also benefit from this scheme. We have houseboats in Kariba and Lodges in Vumba and Nyanga,” he said.
Soccer Sunday Reloaded chairman Munyaradzi Mufokozana rallied his 60-member club to come in numbers.
“Its our event. We are part. It must succeed like all our products. We must turn out in numbers,” he said.
Team Secretary General Innocent Moyo also appealed to his team members to come in numbers while manager Lordwell Ziyaduma addressed on the dress code.
“We will paint the event orange,” said Ziyaduma.
The Beitbridge route of the Walkathon rises from the border town to the school some 12 kilometres up along the Harare highway.
The event initially scheduled for Saturday was on Monday moved to Friday to avoid clashing with the main national event.
“A social soccer tournament involving Reloaded, Condep FC, Chicago Bulls and either Nottingham or Bishopstone is scheduled to start at 9 am after the Walkerthon and these will be knockouts,” said Moyo.