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.
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).
Last week a spark of light landed on a clue to the mystery of blogging. It was followed by a ‘clunk’ as a slow-moving cog in my brain rolled into place.
The clue in the spotlight – headlines.
Best wishes for
all good fortune
Another year gone – another year of life disappearing over the horizon with all it hazards and chances.
A thousand thanks to everyone who looked in on The Phraser over the year. Your company and your feedback make The Phraser.
I would also like to mention especially, those who have allowed me over the past year to interview them or feature their work. It is such a privilege to have the chance to profile the parts of life that have caught my eye.
Here are a few links to some of the 2014 Phraser ‘portraits’:
Italy, Naples, Other discoveries in Naples |
Tagged happy new year., Julia Molony, Lance Ramsay, London Underground, Mauro Squillace, Meryl Harrison, Naples, Napoli versus Juventus, Omega Gloves, Rev Alan Steele MBE, The Ripple Pond, Tom Benyon OBE, Zane, Zimbabwe's baby elephants |
Tom Benyon OBE (ZANE), his wife Jane and their dog Leah, reach the end of their 2013 fundraising walk for ZANE
Meryl Harrison of the ZNSPCA who led animal rescues at the time of Zimbabwe’s chaotic land redistribution programme (photographed in England in 2012)
The Phraser has tapped away another year … thanks! It’s knowing there’s an audience that gets the writing out from somewhere between my ears and into cyberspace.
It has been a stretched eighteen months of writing with Zimbabwe, land of my birth, still taking up much of the space. Quite a chunk of that has been taken up by two interviewees.
Tom Benyon OBE en route to Canterbury Cathedral
Jane Benyon discovering a footpath
Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane, fellow fundraising walker for ZANE
The finish is just around the corner – the end of the miles and miles from Holyhead to Oxford.
Today at 12 noon Tom Benyon OBE should be arriving at
the Martyrs Memorial at the south end of St Giles in Oxford. He will have walked 271.5 miles in 24 days – all to raise money for ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).
blog has kept us watching, amazed, as he has kept on going. Sadly the blog will come to an end but I suppose we have to let him hang up his pen alongside his boots … for a while at least.
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