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Sport and fun to aid conservation

Sport and fun to aid conservation

Sport and fun to aid conservation

South Luangwa Conservation Society will host its fourth annual Mini Marathon and Sports Day on Saturday 30 June. The local community including schools, businesses, government agencies and visitors will join in the annual run and a fun-filled sports day to raise funds for conservation.

The objective is to bring all the people of Mambwe district together to sensitize them to wildlife and natural resource conservation. Under the banner ‘Make Conservation a Habit,’ SLCS tackles poverty alleviation by exploring alternative livelihood projects to reduce dependence on wildlife as a source of subsistence.

The day starts with a 10 km marathon open to all ages. After the marathon the rest of the day is filled with sports including football, volleyball, netball, relays, ‘madalas’ football and tug-of-war. Prizes are awarded for each event. Regular participants include schools, banks, ZAF, police, ZAWA, tour operators, lodges and entrants from nearby Chipata. Entertainment is provided throughout the day by local drama and music groups, with refreshments on sale.

For weeks before the event, SLCS sponsors a local professional drama group called SEKA to conduct anti-snaring awareness campaigns in six different chiefdoms surrounding the South Luangwa National Park, as well as promoting the forthcoming event.

Read more about the work of the South Luangwa Conservation Society from the Zambezi Traveller:
South Luangwa Conservation Society

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Luangwa