Harare to Kilimanjaro For ZANE - Old Legs Tour 2019 1

Harare to Kilimanjaro For ZANE – Old Legs Tour 2019

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

On June 01 2019, a group of 9 middle aged to elderly mountain bike riders will ride out of Harare and head north in the general direction of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak.

Where possible, we’ll ride on the roads less travelled, through places like Mt Darwin and Mukumbura, up towards Caborra Bassa and on to Tete and into Malawi. Heading north, we’ll hug the shores of Lake Malawi through places like Nkhata Bay and Livingstonia. Once we get up into Southern Tanzania we’ll ride through Tukuyu, up over the Elton Plateau and through the Kitulo National Park, gaining an impressive 7444 meters in just 263 kilometres. Should we survive, we will head north to Iringa, Dodoma and Arusha, eventually ending up at the bottom of the pointy mountain a.k.a. Mt Kilimanjaro. Whence upon we’ll walk up it, unless we fall foul of altitude sickness.

We’ll ride 2900 kilometres with a total elevation gain of 36000 meters. Which is the equivalent of Mt Everest times four time. We will be riding on mountain bikes, mostly because we don’t have road bikes but also because of dodgy roads. We hope to average somewhere between 100 and 120 kilometres per day, Old Legs and mountains permitting.

Please donate and make a difference!

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We’re riding the Tour to raise money and awareness for the Zimbabwean old age pensioners. The generation that built Zimbabwe have had their pensions, their life savings and their wealth eroded and reduced to nothing by thirty years of mismanagement and silly economics. They now need our help. The Old Legs 2019 Tour is targeting to raise $100,000 for ZANE, Pensioner’s Aid Harare and the Bulawayo Help Network. Between them, our chosen charities look after over 1800 pensioners across Zimbabwe, providing them with food, medicines and somewhere to call home, plus lots of love and hugs. They also facilitate cataract operations, hearing aids, and the list goes on. In addition to their work with the aged, the charities also fund a clubfoot correction program, successfully treating over 2,600 children to date, a prosthetic limb program for landmine victims and provide treatments for children with hearing impairment.

Donate To Our Cause

We’re asking you to support our cause:

ZANE: Zimbabwe A National Emergency is a UK based charity that raises money outside Zimbabwe to help destitute people in Zimbabwe.

What ZANE Donors Do for Zimbabwe Pensioners

There are some 6000 old aged pensioners in Zimbabwe. Many are starving.

Their position is desperate and grows worse daily. Some are in receipt of devalued pensions from the Zimbabwe government. However, the hyper-inflation that occurred before the dollarisation of the currency in 2009 means that that these pensions are practically worthless.

The targeted elderly people are those on local pensions, or in some cases, without pensions at all. They will have lived in Zimbabwe most or all of their lives and may well have been part of the war effort in World War ll. Their pensions and savings will have diminished to such an extent that they can no longer afford to live and many receive no (or very little) assistance from their relatives. Some in fact have been abandoned by relatives who have now moved country and have no more to do with them whatsoever.

ZANE is in an effective partnership with all the UK services’ charities in Zimbabwe.

There are many Zimbabwe pensioners in these categories in struggling retirement homes.

Because of the legacy of hyper-inflation the management personnel of the homes are facing an endless series of crises and many of them are now near to breaking point. They are unable to buy essential items such as bread, meat, eggs or milk and neither can they carry out essential repairs on their homes. Further, they cannot regularly buy petrol, diesel, lavatory paper, shampoo, soap, toothpaste or cleaning materials. ZANE is working with the homes to keep them open for the sake of the Zimbabwe pensioners.

Although it is a very sobering experience to visit these places, these visits are also uplifting due to the home staff’s spirit of determination in dire circumstances. The Zimbabwe pensioners themselves are proud and reluctant to talk of their problems.

Ten reasons to support ZANE

  • ZANE provides aid, comfort and support to 1,800 impoverished pensioners with nowhere else to turn. Only those genuinely in need of assistance receive it.
  • Donors are able to choose which aspect of ZANE’s mission they plan to support.
  • ZANE was recently the Telegraph Group Overseas Charity of the year.
  • ZANE is looking after over 600 aged and frail veterans and their widows. These people fought for the Crown in
  • WW2, Malaya, Korea and Aden. Despite their loyal service to the UK, the overwhelming majority are living with insufficient food and limited healthcare.
  • ZANE runs education programmes in the high-density areas assisting women and children living in extreme poverty.
  • ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Eleven treatment centres have been established and over 2,600 children have received treatment to date.
  • ZANE relies on support from private donors.
  • ZANE funds the provision of prosthetic limbs for victims of landmine explosions and treatment for people with hearing loss.
  • ZANE’s funds are subject to rigorous audit and ZANE is proud that since its foundation it has never lost money to busted banks, middlemen or corruption.

An independent consultancy reviewed ZANE and the report stated:

The charity thrives on its responsiveness, flexibility and lack of bureaucracy. Operationally ZANE is frugal, focused and effective in delivering aid to the needy.

If you want to save a life then please support ZANE

Make A Donation

Please donate to our worthy cause ZANE: Zimbabwe A National Emergency by using the website below.

Mark Johnson

Harare to Kilimanjaro For ZANE - Old Legs Tour 2019