Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What the trip is about...


To date Kingsley Holgate and his intrepid Outside Edge Expedition has journeyed through 24 African countries, travelled 35 000kms and handed out more than 300,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets in their heroic fight against malaria.

But on their way towards the horn of Africa, distressing news reached them from Southern Africa where, due to above average rainfall in most of this region, the malaria risk has once again escalated.

The Outside Edge expedition does not include inland Africa but Kingsley’s dedication to the fight against malaria urged him to do something about this life-threatening situation. An urgent SOS went to Nando’s South Africa for assistance and Eugene le Roux of Nando’s volunteered immediately.

Land Rover Menlyn generously provided Eugene with a 2008 Defender and on March 14 his humanitarian expedition will leave South Africa to hand out mosquito nets on behalf of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation in the most affected countries including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and inland Tanzania. In addition to handing out nets, Eugene will also distribute books for mobile libraries, and school stationery and reading glasses to schools, clinics, orphanages and local villages.

Concludes Eugene, who will cover over 8000 km and visit 6 countries before meeting up with Kingsley’s team in Kenya, “As a born and bred in South Africa company Nando’s is immensely proud to be part of this life saving initiative. We have grabbed a unique opportunity to make a real difference on this continent and to be spearheading an initiative that we as Southern Africans can be extremely proud of.”

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