Pilgrimage with a Purpose

Sometimes the connect part of the name Cape Tourism Connect makes so much more sense when we’re reminded of the times when the actual connection is made.

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About 5 years ago I introduced Cape Camino to Melanie Burke a long time friend who I share a birthday with and so much more since we first met. We both believe that things happen as and when they should. So it was inevitable that the connection with Gabrielle and Melanie would result in something special and so as the Chairperson for StreetSmart South Africa, Melanie got the ball rolling to have all Cape Camino legs covered over a period of five years as part of fundraising efforts for StreetSmart South Africa. I personally participated in at least one of these fundraisers as I thankfully was available and in Cape Town at the time.

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The journey is coming full circle or shall we say an infinite loop as per the idea of the Cape Camino and symbol we were introduced to in the shape it forms across the Cape Peninsula. Cape Camino has grown and prospered over the years and it’s amazing to see how much energy and experiences have been discovered and uncovered by all who go on this journey. Besides the Street Smart fundraiser there are some other legs or routes I have done as well and it’s been an interesting experience. I will be covering some more about this in another blog.

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This blog is about the Street Smart fundraisers for 2019, of which Melanie is personally doing one as part of her own journey one step at a time. Read more about her embarking on her personal pilgrimage with a purpose on the Camino Francés in Northern Spain, where she will be walking a 120km to help to raise awareness and R50 000 for the upliftment of homeless children in South Africa. To pledge your support and donate towards the fundraising click here.

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Looking forward to seeing Melanie’s target amount being reached and exceeded and also waiting to hear all about her experience when she returns.

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