Tom's Trek 2020

Tom, Jane and Moses walking round in circles for the poor of Zimbabwe.
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RCN 1112949

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Lockdown Zimbabwe

On Monday 7 September Jane and I, along with our dog, Moses, will set off on another walk for ZANE. Different from the previous eleven walks, this one will comprise 14 circular walks in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds: each starting and ending at the same point. This will enable us to return home each evening, ensuring we maintain social distancing rules.

At the end of this eleventh walk, Jane and I (and assorted dogs) will have walked a total of 2,704.34 miles round the UK for the benefit of the poor of Zimbabwe.

You might ask why we are walking yet again? Today the plight of the pensioners ZANE supports has never been worse as they face economic catastrophe. The lockdown is having a devastating impact on an economy already shattered by gross mismanagement and governmental corruption. As a result, famine is widespread and the looming fear of disease hangs over Zimbabwe like a shroud.

For those pensioners supported by ZANE, each day is a struggle for survival healthcare, of course, is limited to the rich who can afford to leave Zimbabwe.

These pensioners are effectively trapped: each day is a misery punctuated by water shortages, fuel queues, rampant inflation and the desperate search for affordable food. Starvation is a far greater threat than COVID-19.

Thanks to your generosity, our loyal ZANE team in Zimbabwe has saved the lives of countless pensioners since the charity was founded over 16 years ago; pensioners who otherwise would be facing a slow death from hunger and neglect. They have nowhere else to turn to but ZANE.

Please consider sponsoring us as we embark on another walk. With your help, ZANE can feed the hungry, and replace loneliness and despair with hope and love.

Yours sincerely

Tom and Jane Benyon

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RCN 1112949
Supporting over 1,800 pensioners in Zimbabwe, including 580 ex-servicemen and their wives or widows. Training in education and farming in impoverished communities. Grassroots health projects. Enabled the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe, helping 3,000 children to date.

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