Jose Castro heads for Harare on his disability walkathon

By ZBC Reporter
A 62-YEAR OLD Brazilian man, José Castro who embarked on a 13 000km walking journey from Cape to Cairo has left Masvingo for Harare.

Castro who is on a walkathon to raise awareness on disability arrived in Masvingo yesterday and has departed for Harare, a journey which is expected to take a week.

Castro said his long walk is a campaign aimed at drawing attention to problems being faced by people living with disabilities worldwide.

Speaking to ZBC News yesterday in Masvingo, the Brazilian Lions Club member, José Castro said he started his walking journey on 3 November 2019 in South Africa’s Kwazulu Natal and intends to reach Egypt on the first of December this year, a day which coincides with the commemorations of the day for the disabled. The Brazilian highlighted that his journey from Cape to Cairo was motivated by his passion for the plight of people living with disabilities.

“No money has been raised for this journey it’s just that I have the heart for the disabled thus this compelled me to take on this journey and raising awareness to the world about the importance of people living with disabilities,” Castro said.

Masvingo City Lions Club Director, Francis Chikohora said they were inspired by Castro’s passion and commitment. He urged locals to emulate the zeal shown by Castro.

“As Masvingo lions, we will learn one or two things from lion Jose that we can develop and use in our next projects,” he said. Castro walks an average distance of 50 km a day and has so far covered 2 060 km.

He will pass through countries like Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan before reaching his final destination, Alexandra in Egypt.