Not far now – Tom and Jane Benyon near the end of their walk for ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency)
Tom and Jane Benyon and Moses at the end of their 2018 fundraising walk for ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency)
Tom Benyon OBE of ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency)
“It’s time to make some wrong things right!”
The 2 Incredibles – who are they?
Tom Benyon is one, and his superpower, unleashed as the millennium changed, is his ability to honour the forgotten of Zimbabwe. Stubborn and determined bearer of the deep red roundel for ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency), he strides the valleys and peaks of his island home to raise ransom for those held hostage by lack of care. His mission – to bring them care.
Tom and Jane Benyon (ZANE) on the final stretch of their 2013 walk into Oxford
“There they are…sun hats, sticks, fluorescent vests…that’s them.”
“Walking? From Bournemouth to Oxford? In this heat? They’ve just had their 50th wedding anniversary. You sure?”
“Yes. I’m sure.”
“They’re mad. Why do they do it?”
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.
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.
Rest point on a ZANE fundraising walk
Tom Benyon OBE has returned from a trip to Zimbabwe where he met many of those who work for, and who support, the charity he founded – ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).
He describes his recent trip as mixture of sadness and joy.
Tom Benyon OBE (ZANE), his wife Jane and their dog Leah, reach the end of their 2013 fundraising walk for ZANE
(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about the end of ZANE’s 2013 walk.)
He hit the finish at pace. Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane and dog Leah strode the final mile to the Martyrs’ Memorial in Oxford in full sunshine and right on schedule.
They had covered well over two hundred and fifty miles on foot from Holyhead to Oxford and they had raised, again, thousands of pounds for the bereft in Zimbabwe.
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.