Round Ta­ble chair­man to go on 325km walk for char­ity

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LO­CAL busi­ness­man and Port Al­fred Round Ta­ble chair­man Do­minicue Aver­buch is tak­ing on the sec­ond leg of a mag­nif­i­cent per­sonal and spir­i­tual jour­ney start­ing Au­gust 6 in Paten­sie and walk­ing 325km to Knysna.

Aver­buch will be wan­der­ing the land­scape of the East­ern Cape and parts of the West­ern Cape on an African pil­grim­age, or­gan­ised by Indlela yoBuntu, for the pur­pose of spread­ing hope and rais­ing funds for non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions who care for the young and vul­ner­a­ble and the old and frail. Aver­buch will be tak­ing on this great ad­ven­ture in aid of rais­ing funds for Child Wel­fare and Sun­shine Coast Hospice.

He walked the pil­grim­age last year and was in­vited back this year.

“It’s chal­leng­ing but I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to do it. It opens up your mind and tests your men­tal abil­ity and phys­i­cal abil­ity,” Aver­buch said.

He is hop­ing to find spon­sor­ship, which will be do­nated to the char­i­ties once he com­pletes the jour­ney. In­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses will be able to spon­sor for every kilo­me­tre Aver­buch walks for the en­tirety of his jour­ney.

Indlela yoBuntu is an African pil­grim­age trail from Grahamstown to Cape Town. It of­fers par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to take time out and to jour­ney more mind­fully and soul­fully. It has its own par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter and can­not be all things to all peo­ple, but when Indlela and pil­grim find each other, some­thing spe­cial hap­pens.

“The fact of the mat­ter is char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions like Child Wel­fare and Hospice don’t get the fund­ing they need. For me mar­ry­ing this pil­grim­age with my in­volve­ment with Round Ta­ble I hope to be able to raise enough funds and make a dif­fer­ence.

“It’s about the big­ger pic­ture, and if I can in­spire some­one to do some­thing similar, then great,” Aver­buch said.

The route is on lit­tle-used jeep tracks and back roads through beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral ar­eas, and he will be stay­ing overnight with lo­cals on farms and at churches.

Last year there were 11 Indlela pil­grim­ages be­tween Grahamstown and Knysna. Three walks are planned for this year.

The part of the route which Aver­buch will be tak­ing on is “Kom Nader” and stems from a small gen­eral dealer shop in the Gam­toos­vallei on the first day’s walk. It aptly cap­tures the sense of in­vi­ta­tion that per­vades the en­tire trail, a spirit that draws you in to ex­plore more, taste more, open your­self more and “come closer”.

His wife, He­len will be sup­port­ing him all the way and join him on the pil­grim­age.

The Indlela uBuntu pil­grim­age is an African pil­grim­age of hope and is not just an­other hike. It is a pil­grim­age ad­ven­ture and is set to be walked in this spirit.

Each group with a max­i­mum of 12 peo­ple has a ve­hi­cle and a ded­i­cated driver, and they trans­port the gear from one overnight spot to the next.

“It breaks me away from work; from con­stant ring­ing phones and it helps clear my mind in a non-dis­turbed en­vi­ron­ment. It helps a per­son to feel freer, and ex­pe­ri­ence a great sense of re­ju­ve­na­tion,” said Aver­buch.

GO­ING THE DIS­TANCE: Do­minicue Aver­buch with his wife, He­len, on an African pil­grim­age of hope from Grahamstown to Paten­sie last year. Aver­buch will be tak­ing on the Paten­sie to Knysna leg this year in aid of rais­ing funds for Hospice and Child Wel­fare

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