For some time I have wanted to contribute to the campaign to stop shale gas mining (fracking) in the Karoo.
While walking the 800 km Camino Frances route recently, the idea came to do a walk in the proposed Karoo fracking area to raise money for the work of the TREASURE THE KAROO ACTION GROUP (TKAG), and to walk my love for the land. However as distances are vast in South Africa I thought to do something small, namely to walk from Graaff Reinet to Nieu Bethesda, a distance of 65 km that can be walked in three days. I thought of those two towns not only because the distance is short, but because Graaff Reinet was the home of my children’s paternal family for several generations, and the name Nieu Bethesda means ‘place of flowing water’ and is associated biblically with healing.
I am writing to ask two things. Firstly to invite anyone who would like to walk with me. We will be staying overnight with farmers in the area who have very kindly offered accommodation for seven or eight people. I would love to have the companionship and shared intent of others who support the Karoo, please let me know if you would like to join me (dates and distances given below). My number is 082-4003002 and email email@example.com
The second and heartfelt request is for sponsorship, big or small, to raise money to support the TREASURE THE KAROO ACTION GROUP in their campaign to stop shale gas mining in South Africa. All money raised will go directly into the TKAG account (details below). I am more grateful than I can say to those who have poured time and personal resources into working to protect the Karoo on behalf of us all. With the walk I hope to raise money so that they may continue to do so.
Saturday 30 June we will drive from CT to Graaff Reinet (overnight in Graaff Reinet)
Sunday 1 July we will walk 15 km (overnight on a farm)
Monday 2 July approximately 28 km (overnight on a farm)
Tuesday 3 July approximately 22 km (arrive and overnight in Nieu Bethesda)
Wednesday 4 July we will drive back to CT.
All donations to TKAG entitle you to a Section 18A Certificate which you may submit with tax returns to SARS.
Please email TKAG proof of payment with the reference ‘TKAG Walk’, and email details to firstname.lastname@example.org to be thanked appropriately.
EFT: TKAG TRUST ACCOUNT, STANDARD BANK FISHHOEK, Account Number: 072072849, Branch Code: 051001
Thank you sincerely for any support.
My number is 082-4003002 and email email@example.com