Business veteran, 91, raises over R2m walking laps in Joburg suburb

Business veteran, 91, raises over R2m walking laps in Joburg suburb

- Solly Krok, an elderly businessman, has walked his age in kilometres to raise money for the disadvantaged

- He wanted to raise R108 million but still managed an impressive R2 million

- The proceeds have gone to help those affected by Covid-19

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Solly Krok, a veteran businessman, has raised R2 million for those who have been negatively affected by Covid-19. He did this by walking his age in kilometres, 91km, in laps and completed the circuit on his birthday.

The Hyde Park resident was delighted at how successful the campaign was. He started his 'marathon' on 28 May.

He was inspired by a British World War II veteran who raised R81 million doing a similar walk on his birthday.

He had aimed to raise R108 to support those in need.

“What breaks my heart is that the poor were poor before Covid-19 and will remain poor after Covid-19,” said Krok told TimesLIVE. “I am determined to make a difference by raising funds from international and local organisations to help those who need it.”

His campaign is called Keep the Wolf from the Door, he partnered with Afrika Tikkun and Siyakhana for support to tackle poverty and hunger.

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“Maybe next week I'll go for another walk again and would like to nominate those younger than me to also join me and raise awareness and funds too,” he said.

The final day, his birthday, was marked with an event where guests were invited to discuss various topics. One of the guests was Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of Ark Consult.

He suggested, “The only real solution for this country is if we can become modern-day pirates. If we can hijack the supply chain back from the traditional suppliers around the world and bring it back to SA and start small and get businesses to buy from local manufacturers.”
Krok added his suggestion that, “South Africa has to industrialise where the people live. Have factories in the townships. Also, in leadership; avoid nepotism and corruption. Be inclusive of participants from all races.”

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