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Former PMB student’s epic walk for coastal conservation

Damien Honeysett, early on in his bid to walk the SA coastline. Picture: Supplied

The saying goes that you cannot judge somebody until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. For Damien Honeysett (formerly a student at Varsity College, Pietermaritzburg), the intention is to do much more.

Damien has taken on a gruelling walk of more than 3 000km in aid of awareness of conservation of coastal areas and coastal economies. He will walk about 25km each day in a journey covering four provinces, carrying food rations, water and a tent, setting up camp just out of reach of the tide each evening. The journey will take him from the Mozambican border, down through coastal KZN, all the way around the Cape to the border with Namibia.

Damien also wants to spread a message of positivity among South Africans, urging that we can achieve and overcome some of the challenges we are facing.

“I walk to create awareness for the environmental and socio-economic impact of the coastline, which in a nutshell is the snowball effect or interconnection between the coastal towns and hospitality and how this influences conservation and vice versa. Above all I walk to create positivity, to share a smile and happiness and to reignite hope in South Africans that through any journey, if we put our heads down and endure, no matter how tough, we can achieve.”

Picture: Damien Honeysett/Facebook

In a Facebook post on August 13 he said, “After our long push from Mtunzini to Tugela Mouth we had to cover the South Bank of the Tugela to Zinkwazi, and then Zinkwazi to Tinley Manor and Tinley Manor to Ballito. We had to cover three sections of beach where we would have either had to do really long stretches with backpacks, or would have slept on the beaches until Ballito, where the next accommodation spot was set to be.”

Damien has been providing info on all the people he’s met on the way, the highs and lows, and thanks to those who’ve helped him out on his journey, including with sponsorships, meals and a place to stay.

Follow Damien on Facebook, Walking The South African Coastline, for more info and ways to support his journey.

Varity College said in a press release that Damien obtained his IIE Bachelor of Education Intermediate Phase Degree in 2020 and was involved on campus as a sports administrator.

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