The Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), whose mission is to champion the health of the uMngeni and Msunduzi Rivers, is planning an epic walk down the length of the uMngeni River, from source to sea.
The aim of the walk is
- to raise awareness of the plight of this and all South African rivers.
- to familiarise DUCT with the entire river. The majority of the work we do is in the Howick area, the Valley of 1000 hills and the Msunduzi river in the Pietermaritzburg area.
A small group of environmentalists passionate about our planet, and particularly water, are walking the uMngeni River in May 2012. Starting at uMngeni Vlei – the plateau above Dargle and Fort Nottingham where the river rises – and ending at Blue Lagoon where is rushes into the Indian Ocean. Along the way they will be documenting and recording all impacts on the river and posting daily stories of their adventures and findings on this blog.
Unfortunately, for logistical reasons, a group of only six members is able to walk for four weeks all the way. Many people would like to join us and our itinerary will be available soon. We will attempt to give everyone the opportunity to indicate a section where they would like to join us for the day. In return we require your assistance with recording the trip and then promptly sending a report to our media officer, afterwards.
Alternately, as Mayday for Rivers is ultimately about all our rivers, we are asking hikers and walkers if they have a favourite river, or a river close to them, to consider undertaking a similar walk down their river. It need not be a huge undertaking, maybe only over a weekend, or for one day, sometime in May. In this way helping to extend the fellowship of the uMngeni River to other rivers across South Africa and the World. All we request is that you send us the story of your river walk and a couple of photos, to add to our blog.
Penny Rees is coordinator of this event. Should you wish to offer assistance or sponsorship for this project, contact her on 082 340 7571, 033 330 7524 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about DUCT activities see http://www.duct.org.za
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