THE MORRIS Isaacson Centre for Music in Jabavu, Soweto, hosted the launch of the ‘Walk in My Shoes’ initiative by Masingita Masunga in partnership with pharmaceuticals giant Aspen Pharmacare South Africa.
Giyani born, Limpopo, Masingita Masunga is a former TV presenter, having hosted her own show called Masingita with Confidence. She is also a motivational speaker and philanthropist.
Despite living with Cerebral Palsy – a disorder that impairs movement and affects muscle tone or posture, Masunga managed to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa earlier this year.
Masingita’s drive and ambition caught the attention of Aspen’s Stavros Nicolaou and the Deputy Minister of Communications, Pinky Kekana, who shared a message at the launch.
“It was during a discussion on how we can make South Africa unite that led to both of them deciding to come on board and support this great campaign. The ‘Walk in My Shoes’ initiative is about breaking barriers and boundaries, I also want to say, let’s come together as a nation, let us stop looking at our differences as a negative thing, but let us embrace them and drive a common national agenda ”, says Masunga.
Now it is onto the next challenge, Masunga who says that it took her more than eight years to get her driver’s license will, on 16 December begin her brave journey called ‘Walk In My Shoes’ which will see her driving from South Africa, all the way to Cairo.
“When you think of ways in which to make this country better, people like Masingita instantly come to mind, it is incredible what she has been able to achieve. She is truly inspirational and continues to beat the odds. Aspen’s values are about building sustainable communities and cohesive societies and this is the reason we are fully backing this initiative” concludes Nicolaou, Senior Executive: Strategic Trade Aspen Pharmacare Group.
If the public wish to get involved they can find out more on Facebook Walkinmyshoes or by emailing Masingita on firstname.lastname@example.org