Entries to the fourth annual Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk, taking place on Saturday 4 October 2014, are now open and for the first time the race will be taking place at the Dries Niemandt Precinct in Kempton Park.
The City of Ekurhuleni, home to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk, in association with O.R. Tambo International Airport and the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation will, on the day, officially kick off Tambo month celebrations – which take place in the month of October.
The Liberation Walk is held annually during the first weekend of October and celebrates the life of two of Africa’s most famous freedom fighters – Oliver Reginald and his wife, Adelaide, Tambo. It embodies the ideals of unity and patriotism, which are strongly associated with the stalwarts’ legacy.
Oliver and Adelaide’s commitment towards education also resonates with the recurring theme for the walk which is “Education Liberates”. What makes this year’s event special is the fact that it coincides with the celebration of the country’s 20 years of Democracy.
Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Cllr Mondli Gungubele said the City of Ekurhuleni is honoured and privileged to be associated with such a great leader and to play host to this important event.
“The whole country owes it to this great man to make the Liberation Walk a resounding success and we are confident that South Africans from all over will, this year, part-take in this very auspicious activity as the country celebrates 20 years of Democracy and the leaders who made it possible.”
Mr. Mavuso Msimang, CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, said the Liberation Walk is a project which is all about making sure that the plight for education for all is highlighted and the story of 20 years of Democracy is told.
“This is what ultimately makes this walk stand out above the rest as it also recognizes the efforts of the freedom fighters and at the same time promotes the humanitarian values of giving back to the community,” said Msimang.
The 2014 event consists of a 21.1 km run as well as a 10 km walk and a 5 km fun walk. The total value of this year’s prizes is estimated at R150 000 and proceeds from the event will benefit charities in underprivileged communities.
Ms. Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Manager Communications and Brand Management at O.R. Tambo International Airport, said that the airport is proud to be a partner in this initiative.
“The walk bodeswell for O.R. Tambo International Airport for two main reasons, firstly our airport is named after the great Oliver Reginald Tambo, and as such we are honoured to be commemorating his legacy.
“As an airport, one of our social economic development focus areas is education and we believe that the proceeds of the walk will be well placed to fast track education in some of South Africa’s underprivileged communities.”
The half marathon run will kick off at the O.R. Tambo International Airport and end at the Dries Niemandt Precinct; while the 5 km and 10 km walks will remain at the precinct.
Entries for the Walk are open online at www.entrytime.co.za.
Medals and goodie bags will be awarded to all finishers and winners will receive a complimentary foot massage.
For more information media may contact the press officers below:
Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk /Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation
Tel: 011 312 7745
City of Ekurhuleni
Tel: 011 999 1522
Cell: 076 303 7594
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Cell: 079 882 7307