Mxolisi Evan Tyawa Doing the Camino for Special Needs Education 02 July – 18 July 2017

What is the Camino?

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the beginning of the 9th century (year 814) the moment of discovery of the tomb of the evangelical apostle off the Iberian Peninsula. Since this discovery, Santiago de Compostela became a peregrination point of the entire European continent.

The Way was defined then by the net of Roman routes that joined the neuralgic points of the Peninsula. The impressive human flow that from very soon went towards Galicia quickly led to the development and establishment of hospitals, churches, monasteries, abbeys and towns around the route. During the 14th century the pilgrimage began to decay, due to wars, epidemics and natural catastrophes.

The recovery of the route began at the end of the 19th century, but it is during the last quarter of the 20th century when the authentic contemporary resurgence of the peregrination took place. There is no doubt that the social, tourist, cultural or sport components have had a great importance in the jacobea revitalization but we cannot forget that the route has gained its prestige thanks to its spiritual value.

Why People do The Camino?

Research shows that 28% of walkers today do the Camino for religious or spiritual reasons. The trek is undoubtedly a unique experience and is known as a haven for self reflection. In fact 17.8% of Camino walkers hit the trail to get away from their daily life and connect with nature. The Camino offers an escape, an opportunity to disconnect and detox from daily routines and habits.

Another popular reason for walking the Camino was looking for a new challenge.28.2% of walkers wanted to test themselves physically and mentally along the way.  The Camino is suitable for almost anyone and is as rewarding as it is challenging, 10.8% of people walk the trail specifically for health and exercise.

Why I am doing the Camino?

On reaching 50 years of age I thought it relevant and correct to use this milestone to be thankful and reflective. To that end the most fitting thing was to undertake an activity, task or challenge that would allow me to do exactly that. What became apparent was to use the chosen undertaking as the opportunity to give back and or support a cause and issue closer to mine and my family’s hearts. And in so doing honor my wife and kids, for allowing me to be part of greater life experience than I would have never imagined, an experience from which I learnt about human value, sacrifice and serving others.

The Pilgrimage and the Pledge

The Pilgrimage is a 348km walk over 16days from Oviedo to Santiago along the Spanish North Coast.

The idea is to raise R 1 000 000 for chosen beneficiaries in special needs education and broader.

To that end the idea is to have friends, associates, clients and the broader business community pledge a minimum of R10 for every kilometer covered; and choose from the following options;

  1. Pledge to sponsor the entire walk
  2. Select a leg/s of your choice.
  3. Pledge a once off lump sum donation of a minimum R 3 000.

Gijón/Santiago de Compostela: Pilgrimage and or walk Itinerary

01 Jul DAY 1: Arrival in Gijón
02 Jul DAY 2: Walk to Avilés – 25 km
03 Jul DAY 3: Walk to Cudillero – 30 km
04 Jul DAY 4: Walk to Ballota – 27 km
05 Jul DAY 5: Walk to Luarca – 23 km
06 Jul DAY 6: Walk to Navia – 21 km
07 Jul DAY 7: Walk to Ribadeo – 22 km
08 Jul DAY 8: Rest day Ribadeo
09 Jul DAY 9: Walk to Villamartín Grande – 20 km
10 Jul DAY 10: Walk to Mondoñedo – 19 km
11 Jul DAY 11: Walk to Abadín – 17 km
12 Jul DAY 12: Walk to Vilalba – 21 km
13 Jul DAY 13: Walk to Sta Leocadia – 28 km
14 Jul DAY 14: Walk to Sobrado dos Monxes – 33 km
15 Jul DAY 15: Walk to Arzúa – 22 km
16 Jul DAY 16: Walk to Rúa – 19 km
17 Jul DAY 17: Walk to Santiago de Compostela – 21 km


The Beneficiaries

  • Sunshine Centre, Hyde Park Johannesburg.
  • Hope School, NorthCliff Johannesburg.
  • Unity College, Chartwell Johannesburg.
  • Pathways Residence, TierPoort Pretoria East.
  • Isithokoziso Primary School, Umlazi Durban.
  • Daliwonga High School, Dube Soweto.


How to donate or Pledge

You can do an EFT into the below account;

Camino For Special Needs Education
First National Bank Killarney
Account Number: 62703100032
Branch number: 256205


email your pledge with your stated donation for collection and or payment later by our independent auditors CHF&Co for attention to;

Tel: (011) 483 4160

Mobile: 082 410 1668