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Ben Freeth's Makgadikgadi Go-Kart Adventure to Raise Funds for Zimbabwean Farm Workers

Ben Freeth and sons Joshua and StephenMugabe and the White AfricanLast month, Ben Freeth, author of Mugabe and the White African, and his sons Joshua and Stephen Freeth, undertook an adventure with the aim of raising funds to provide training, medical assistance and educational support to farm workers effected by the political violence in Zimbabwe.

The expedition, carried out under the aegis of the Mike Campbell Foundation, currently sees the family team crossing Botswana’s Makgadikgadi salt pans in a homemade go-kart.

Press release:

The Mike Campbell Foundation was set up last year to honour the courage of Mike Campbell, a Zimbabwean commercial farmer and conservationist who fought for justice and the protection of human rights after the violent government-led farm invasions decimated his country.

Expedition target: R130,000 / £10,000 / US$15,500

Through the expedition, the UK-based foundation hopes to raise R130,000 / £10,000 / US$15,500 for its work. The money raised will provide training, medical assistance and educational support to additional destitute Zimbabwean farm workers who have lost everything due to the political violence.

With just R400 / £32 / US$50, the Mike Campbell Foundation can supply a family with seed, inputs and the training they need to feed themselves for a whole year – and buy the seed and inputs for the following year. “A well-wisher in America recently donated an artificial leg for a farm worker who was crippled in the 2008 post election violence and this has transformed his life,” said Ben.

The foundation is also involved with justice work and a lobby campaign to reinstate the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal which was dissolved by the SADC heads of state in May 2011. This tribunal was the only regional court where victims of human rights abuses could go when justice systems failed in their own countries –as has happened in Zimbabwe.

Every donation will contribute to rebuilding shattered lives in Zimbabwe and protecting people’s rights.

To follow the expedition and make a secure donation online:


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Photo courtesy Mike Campbell Foundation


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