ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency): walking for the forgotten in Zimbabwe

Tom Benyon OBE, founder of the charity ZANE, outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool

Tom Benyon OBE, founder of the charity ZANE, outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool

It’s the final day of the 2017 ZANE fundraising walk. Already Tom and Jane Benyon have walked well over a hundred miles in just twelve days.

We find the couple in a pub – not slumped, but slightly crumpled… nine-miles-on-hot-pavement crumpled.

We are fresh from the car and springy. This does not last long.

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Tom Benyon OBE walks for Zimbabwe … it’s hot

June day at Stonehenge, England

This might give an idea of how hot it is – Stonehenge, England

Today one man and his wife start their walk to raise money for strangers many miles away.

It’s hot and it’s humid in England – the Istanbul side of warm – but that won’t stop them. As the rest of us flop in the shade they are off on their 142 mile walk. The route is from one side of the country to the other, and the aim is to raise money for those upturned by Zimbabwe’s waves of chaos.

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African charity ZANE: Tom Benyon OBE and his team set off again to raise money

Ambleside - Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn/www.lastrefuge.co.uk

Ambleside – Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn/www.lastrefuge.co.uk

(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about ZANE’s 2014 walk.)

Tom Benyon OBE has decided it’s the perfect time to strike out on another walk to raise money for the charity ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).

England is all sunshine and has been for a while.  Half the population is draped across greenery under the nearest available sunbeam.

It’s the sensible thing to do … unless you’re Tom.

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African charity ZANE: They’ve done it …. again!

The Benyons

Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane, and dog, Dinah arrive at the Martyrs Memorial in Oxford

(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about the end of ZANE’s 2014 walk.)

Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane, and their young dog Dinah have covered between them over 260 miles in 22 days to raise money for ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).

I have not.

Clothes lifeless, feet blistered, head blurred, sense of humour evaporated, I climb the last few steps of the Martyrs’ Memorial in Oxford …

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Tips: Re-publishing a post on WordPress; (and ZANE)

Tom and Jane Benyon of ZANE preparing to leave York on their 2012 fundraising walk to Canterbury

Tom and Jane Benyon of ZANE, and fellow hikers, preparing to leave York on their 2012 fundraising walk to Canterbury

Old blog-posts can be brought out into the light by re-publishing.  It’s worth it if they’re about anything as important and excellent as ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).

ZANE is a small, UK-based charity that puts its heart into raising money for the team on the ground in Zimbabwe who care for some of the country’s most destitute and vulnerable.

I first met the UK ZANE team in 2012.  At the time I was a fledgling blogger who hardly understood which way was up.  I’m slightly better now and keen to try to do more justice to ZANE.

One slight problem – re-blogging is not as easy as I thought it would be.

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ZANE’s 2012 fundraising walk to Canterbury is complete

Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane arrive in Canterbury at the end of the ZANE walk

Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane arrive in Canterbury at the end of their 2012 fundraising walk for ZANE

(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about the end of ZANE’s  2012 walk.)

Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane, both long-distance fundraising walkers for ZANE, are not a pair of ‘big’ people.  The couple are physically quite small.

But they have covered between them over a thousand miles on behalf of Zimbabwe A National Emergency (ZANE).

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Founder of the charity ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) walks miles to raise funds

The end of Day One of ZANE's York to Canterbury 2012 fundraising walk

The end of Day One of ZANE’s York to Canterbury 2012 fundraising walk

(March 2015:  Relaunch of a piece on ZANE’s September 2012 walk.)

Tom Benyon OBE (aged 70) and his wife Jane are walking for ZANE … again.

They’ve done Edinburgh to London (450 miles) and Land’s End to Westminster (335 miles).  Now it’s York to Canterbury – 351 miles.

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