A South African Advocate is running marathons around the country while reading books… but it’s all for a good cause!
Cape Town, South Africa – On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon held on the 20 April 2019; Advocate Marukgwane Moremogolo ran reading Zakes Mda’s The Zulus of New York.
In the novel, Mda tells the true story of a group of Zulus who were sent to England and later the United States in the 1880S to perform as ‘human curiosities’ in his famous circus.
Moremogolo ran reading the book in breaks from the 44th kilometre to the 56th kilometre of the finishing line of the Ultra Marathon.
The purpose of his reading while running is to raise awareness of the importance of books and literacy while doing other activities other than reading in a library, coffee shop or at home. He also plans to stock two libraries with pledges of books from like-minded people.
Advocate Moremogolo runs in the colours of the Fat Cats Athletics Club and belongs to the Fat Cats Book Club whose mission is to impact on the life of the currently disadvantaged child who might not have leisure books in his or her home.
The campaign will see the Advocate running the second half of Comrades Marathon reading a book to raise more than 600 books (mainly children’s books) to distribute during the National Book Week in September 2019.
“Together, let’s empower a child by making books accessible to them so they can benefit from reading literature and ultimately, this will improve their levels of literacy.”
Book lovers and South Africans at large, are encouraged to make reading literature fashionable by following Advocate Moremogolo on social media platforms and making use of the following campaign’s hashtags: #ReadingRunner #BeyondLiterature #Mayor10 running for #Books4Kids #ReadingIsCool