With mild cool weather on Sunday, organisers of the Walk For Freedom in solidarity with the people of Palestine say it was a complete success. More than a thousand people took part in the event, aimed at raising funds for projects to aid the inhabitants of the battered Palestinian territories, one of which is the Gaza Water Project, a joint venture with The Voice of the Cape.
The event was organised by the Al Quds Foundation in collaboration with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement of South Africa and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance. At the event, walkers donned their Palestinian scarves and t-shirts, while others carried flags and banners. There was also a wide array of Palestinian memorabilia on sale.
Walkers started off at the Green Point track and walked along the scenic coast all the way back to the track.
“This was our fifth walk, so for the last five years we’ve been doing this in collaboration with the [PSA] in Johannesburg. But this year it was something different, this year people in all nine provinces walked at the same time. We also had people in Gaza and the West Bank taking part this year, but this was only the beginning. Next year we want to go even bigger,” Allie said.
Allie said all proceeds collected from entries into the walk will be redirected towards the Gaza Water Project.
“We ask that all the people that always support the Al-Quds Foundation, the PSA and BDS continue their support. All of the proceeds collected [Sunday] will go towards the water project in conjunction with VOC.”