Pretoria, 29 July 2019 – Kingsley Holgate and his Expedition Team have set off on their biggest humanitarian adventure ever with a goal of helping to perform 200 cataract operations in the wildly remote Mozambique Zambezi Delta over the next month.
- ‘Vision Mission’ will be the Kingsley Holgate Foundation’s biggest ever humanitarian expedition
- Goal of performing 200 life-changing cataract operations around Mozambique’s Zambezi Delta
- Land Rover Discoverys to cover 2,000km of tricky conditions with ‘Ma Robert’ inflatable pontoon boat in tow
- Kingsley’s two current Land Rover Discoverys have each clocked more than 70,000km of tough expedition travel
Kingsley and his team have loaded the very same two Land Rover Discoverys they drove to Somalia in 2017 and Kathmandu last year, along with their trusty Defender 130, with supplies needed to navigate the treacherous region in search of needy eye care recipients as part of the latest ‘Vision Mission’ campaign. The team will also tow its sturdy ‘Ma Robert’ bolt-together inflatable pontoon boat, which can carry the vehicles one-by-one across swamps, floodplains and rivers in the area.
This latest expedition comes as an extension of the existing ‘Mashozi’s Rite to Sight’ campaign which was launched more than a decade ago, and has seen more than 200 000 pairs of spectacles delivered to those with poor eyesight. But, instead of only offering glasses, Vision Mission will perform life-changing cataract operations free of charge.
The Kingsley Holgate Foundation, in partnership with Land Rover and the non-profit Doctors for Life (DFL) team, will assist blind people in the Marromeu, Luabo and Chinde areas. DFL and the Kingsley Holgate Foundation will transport two mobile operating theatres to Marromeu on the banks of the Zambezi River, along with a team of volunteer doctors and nurses from South Africa and eSwatini.
Keep reading RoadTrip Magazine for the full story on this expedition.