Ecologist Nick Holmes begins his 800km mental awareness journey
BY OBERT SIAMILANDU
Zimbabwean environmentalist, UK-based Nick Holmes, will today launch an 800km walk, which will last two months, to promote mental health issues.
The march will start in Zimbabwe and end on the Zambian side of the border.
It will travel the Lake Kariba stretch over a two-month period starting July 31, 2022.
Nick’s walk will allow him to go deeper into communities and interact with community members and leaders who are on the front lines of community health issues.
During his walk, he will also interact with nature. The heart of his campaign is to explore the connection between human nature and mental health.
Speaking to the media at the launch of his Kariba Dam Wall Walk today, Holmes said: ‘The Walk4life campaign is the start of this journey to build global awareness of mental health issues. , conservation and the link between nature and conservation. We saw it when COVID-19 hit the whole world, people were locked in their houses and homes and they suffered mentally.
He said people were missing walking their streets, going to their workplaces and leading normal lives.
“We created the Walk4life brand to raise awareness of mental health issues; not just in Zimbabwe and Zambia, but also around the world. It is also part of a long term process and desire to create something we call “TERRA” which stands for Training Education Research Rehabilitation and Awareness. We need to make sure we train communities on mental health issues, conservation and wildlife management,” he said.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Nick is a third generation Zimbabwean. He now lives in the UK, from where he has promoted investment in Africa, with a particular focus on Zimbabwe and the Greater Southern African Development Cooperation region.
As a Zimbabwean farmer, he was the first chairman of the National Farming Community Environment Committee and served on the boards of various organizations including an agricultural training institute and a local hospital.
Over the years Nick has gained extensive experience all over the world. He has built a strong network in the corporate, financial and political sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Commonwealth.
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