Unogwaja signals way forward with special vision for South Africa
During Unogwaja 2013, just outside the rural South African town of Lady Frere, a young boy came running to the side of the road with his fist in the air shouting “Unogwaja, Unogwaja”. We are reminded of the importance and significance of hope and how the smallest things can make a difference in someone’s life.
The truth is this special story of Unogwaja which has brought so many people together has reminded us all that what we possess inside us, is what makes us great and unique and is the only thing we truly need. However, in harsh reality of life, this is often tested as it’s hard to look further than one’s own survival or the survival of one’s family. This was so eloquently voiced by Mkhululi (22 years old), an Unogwaja 2014 Community Chest volunteer who stood up at the Breede River Cancer Hospice in Robertson and said “dreams were a luxury he could not afford”. Hope alone is sometimes not enough.
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What is Unogwaja
” This 10 day cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg to run the Comrades Marathon
on day 11 is a journey of the heart inspired by the life of Phil Masterton-Smith
who in 1933 couldn’t afford the train fare from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg so
he cycled up instead and finished 10th in the race. He died in World War Two in 1942.
His nickname was “Unogwaja” meaning hare in Zulu and his legacy lives on in the Unogwaja Challenge.
Wherever you go, go with your heart “
- John McInroy