Annual Walk Fundraiser 2020

Event date: 21 Oct 2020

12th-25th June – #Walk4Difference

The Vana Trust is asking you to #Walk4Difference this June and raise vital funds for both projects. The coronavirus pandemic is causing anxiety and stress in all of us in unique ways and by getting outside and enjoying the countryside you can combat a low mood and increase your self-esteem, helping you feel good on the inside and out.

This is the sixth year the Trust has organised a fundraising walk. The first took place in 2014 when Vana Trust’s Founder, Nyasha Gwatidzo set herself the challenge of walking the length of the Thames following an illness. Nyasha said, “I’d been really poorly and was feeling very down. A friend said to me, ‘tell yourself you’re better and wish it away’. I knew there was evidence that setting yourself a challenge can make you feel better, so I decided to walk the length of the Thames, 183 miles, alone, over 14 days. I chose to walk alone as I hate my own company, coming from a family of seven children being on my own is a phobia.

I planned to start out on my own, but as friends and supporters of the charity heard what I was doing they decided to join me on various stretches of the walk. By the time I got to Greenwich there were about 20 people with me.

With the support of sponsors, I raised over £10,000 and mentally felt so much stronger by the end of it. This year I was due to walk the second half of the Pieterpad Trail in Holland, but COVID-19 has caused me to shelve my plans so we’ve come up with a different idea to raise funds this year.

I’m asking you to show the people Vana Trust supports who are most in need, that they will never walk alone, by creating your own walk.”

Walkers can set their own personal challenge in terms of distance each day, they just have to walk for 14 consecutive days from Friday 12th- Thursday 25th June. Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £100 for the Vana Trust and it’s looking to recruit 500 walkers to raise a total of £50,000.

Nyasha added, “Your sponsored #Walk4Difference will be life changing, just £1 feeds a family in Zimbabwe for a day. The fundraising will also help create new outdoor facilities for those receiving support at our UK farm.”

To sign up to the #Walk4Difference challenge or donate, follow this link

To find out more about Vana Trust, visit
Vana Trust’s Founder, Nyasha Gwatidzo, is available for interview – please call
07713 794163 or email
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