A Modipane fitness club in Kgatleng district, Modville Fitness Club is ready for its participation at the annual Desert Bush Walk slated for July 2019 some 203kilometers into the heart of Botswana in Jwaneng.
To get ready for the 30km adventure walk that leaves the mining town of Jwaneng and follows a bush trail into the desert and then end back to Jwaneng, the fitness club has organized its 4th annual Wellness Day as well as fund raising activities for various projects in the Modipane community.
Slated for 15th of June, the daylong activities will include among others aerobics, 5-aside soccer tournament, a mini boot camp as well as a 10 km bushwalk around the village’s historic sites. A kid’s fitness challenge and fun games are also in the charts. The fundraising activities are also a build up to the Desert Bush Walk.
“Fitness continues to gain momentum and is encouraged by different government departments,” states Modville Wellness Day Chief Organizer, Gavin Makgatlhe in an interview with The Patriot on Sunday. He also acknowledges the understanding Batswana continue to demonstrate towards health and wellness as well as giving back to community.
He continues that patronage to the course has been overwhelming and continues to grow. “We started this club just to keep fit, however when different mindsets came together we thought of charity and we conceptualized this charity walk,” he states.
Makgatlhe realizes that the movement has impacted the community of Modipane in various positive ways with concerted contributions to the building of Modipane Kgotla shelter, the refurbishment of the local post office, donations of clothes to the underprivileged as well as actively participating in clean up campaigns.
On the club’s affiliation to the Desert Bush Walk, Makgatlhe states that Modville is on a benchmarking expedition to draw inspiration and know-how to become a promoter of Kgatleng District brands and its environments. This he adds will put the district as a tourism destination for both locals and international tourists under a cultural and Sports Tourism Portfolio while growing Kgatleng’s economic diversification strategy as is the case with the revered Desert Bush Walk.
“The club has further benchmarked in Cycling for cancer organized by the Joy foundation in Jwaneng and Mochudi respectively to continuously run their mandate professionally,” he continues.
Makgatlhe said their brainchild event has further sparked interest from individuals, clubs and other groups who have participated in their sessions and are eager to start similar project in their communities.
"The event has grown over the years attracting a good number of participants and this year we expect more than 250 people because of the various activities we have added to the items of the day,” he enthuses.
Among this year's Chief Guest walkers is Donald Koogotsitse and singing sensation CharmaGal. Koogotsitse is a Motivator, Youth Development Practitioner, Entrepreneur and Leadership Trainer and he shares a fitness enthusiasm much like CharmaGal.
"Normally when we choose our chief walker we look at different profiles and choose someone who can impact our participants, so Koogotsitse will inspire and motivate the masses while CharmaGal’s presence says a lot about the arts’ participation in the communities,” he responds to how and why the two characters were chosen as Chief Guest Walkers.