Zero Violence254 Walk: Day 1
Zero Violence254 Walk: Day 1
1,500 km on the road is no easy task.
Most of us would balk at the prospect of walking 40 km a day on hard scorching tarmac, gritty sand, and wet mud.
Not so John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua.
Over the next 60 days, John and Douglas will walk through the toughest terrain in Kenya in a bid to raise 15 million shillings to aid the Zero Violence Initiative.
In the process, they will endure dehydration, pain, swollen ankles, bruises, blisters and tons of worn out shoes to amplify the voice against domestic violence in Kenya.
Both men woke up at the brink of dawn on Wednesday 15 March, and made their way to Kwale Police Station to embark on what is easily the toughest assignment of their lives.
Wearing tracksuits and protective sun gear, both men stood up tall and proud with a firm look of determination on their faces as they peered into the horizon, probably imagining what lay ahead of them.
They were not alone.
A good-sized crowd made up of locals, the local Boda Boda community, Police officers, well wishers, school-goers and Charity workers gathered to witness the launch of the Zero Violence254 Walk.
Relive highlights of Day 1 below.
Dignitaries, John Burke Baidoo, Douglas Kinyua and members of the local community gather for the official launch of the Zero Violence254 Walk in Kwale.
Over the next 60 days, John and Douglas will walk 1,500 km from Kwale in the southern corner of Kenya to Moyale, the northern corner to Kenya.
The journey will test every inch of their endurance and strength.
The local Administration Police Chief, Kwale County, addresses the crowd.
The historic event was captured on camera by local and international press.
Members of the local community pay close attention to the proceedings.
It's now time for John to address the crowd, and articulate his reasons for undertaking such an arduous task.
Chief Executive Officer, Ripples International, Mrs. Mercy Chidi Baidoo addresses the crowd.
And with the speeches done, John hands the flag over to the Police Chiefs to flag off the walk.
Local Security and Police Chiefs look on as the Zero Violence254 Walk gets underway, impressed by the show of courage, resilience and commitment from John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua.
The Great Flag-Off
Once the speeches were done, it was time for the great flag-off.
What a fabulous show of support from the local community as the police chiefs flag off the walk.
The local Boda Boda community gathered en masse and escorted John, Douglas Kinyua and Douglas Marete on the first 10 km, horns and lights blazing.
Chief Executive Officer, Ripples International, Mrs Mercy Chidi Baidoo, also showed her support for her husband by walking the first couple of kilometers with John.
The crowd gets ready to walk the first couple of steps with John.
John, Douglas and Mercy are all smiles as they embark on the first 40 kilometers in the early morning sun.
Soon, traces of human settlement are replaced by bush and the long Kwale-Mombasa main road.