Starting October 7 at Buckingham Palace, the Baton is now 79 days away from the 294 day trip. Starting with Cyprus and Malta, then touring West Africa, the Relais recently ended its visits to Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Mauritius. , Botswana, Saint Helena, South Africa, Namibia, Eswatini, Lesotho and the Seychelles.
The Queen’s Baton Relay takes place in the run-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and aims to bring together communities from 72 Commonwealth nations and territories.
During the visit to the Queen’s Baton Relay, each Commonwealth Games Association organizes an itinerary of activities, from demonstrating how they engage young people in sport, to showcasing the amazing people fighting for change. in their community. All nations and territories also put forward a project that meets at least one of the 17 United Nations sustainable development goals.
For example, while in Kenya, the Baton was traversed by the Ngong Hills, which are part of the 7,000 km long Great Rift Valley, which stretches from Lebanon to Mozambique. At the top, the Batonbearers participated in a tree-planting activity where they were joined by children from the local performance group Huruma Town Kids, two of whom dressed up as the Queen and Prince Edward for the occasion.
When visiting Uganda, the Stick visited the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, which manages various conservation projects across the country, as well as the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, whose mission is to protect chimpanzees and their ecosystems.
In Tanzania, the staff was taken to the Askari monument, which commemorates the African soldiers who fought in the British campaign against Germany in World War I, where stick holders and participants paid tribute to the lives lost.
The staff visited St Michael’s Church and all the angels at Malawi, which was designed by Rev. David Clement Scott and built by locals, all of whom had no prior formal training. The Church tells the story of a community coming together to create something remarkable for future generations.
Mary Waya, who previously competed in three Commonwealth Games in the Malawi netball team and then founded the Mary Waya Foundation which encourages girls in Africa to play sports, represented her country as a stick bearer .
Speaking on the opportunity to participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay, Malawi baton carrier Mary Waya said: “The Commonwealth Games mean a lot to me and being a Queen’s Baton Relay baton has been a real honor. The young girls I coach hope one day to represent our country and take over from the Commonwealth Games.
On tour South Africa, the stick was brought to the Big Hole (The Kimberly Mine), an open-pit and underground mine, which was once considered the deepest hand-dug hole. When the mine was in operation, nearly three tonnes of diamonds were recovered.
The stick visited many incredible islands in the Seychelles, including La Digue, home to Anse Source D’Argent, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. At the beach, people performed the Moutya dance around a bonfire.
Queen’s Baton Relay Chief Lisa Hampton praised the Commonwealth of Nations for the showcases at every stop.
“Learning about all the ongoing environmental initiatives, such as the Nyandungu Urban Wetlands Ecotourism Park, is amazing and it is a fantastic representation of how the Commonwealth can come together in solidarity and inspire future generations to assume the same responsibility.
“I can’t wait to see the rest of the trip unfold and see how other Commonwealth Games associations celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay,” she declared.
Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, added: “It’s amazing to see the inspiring impact the Queen’s Baton Relay has had across the nations and territories of the African Commonwealth of Nations. The Baton has received the best reception anywhere, and it is clear that enthusiasm for Birmingham 2022 continues to grow across the region.
“It’s amazing to think that the Baton has already completed more than a quarter of its trip, having visited 22 of our Commonwealth Games associations.
“We are all looking forward to an exciting next leg of the journey through South Asia with the stick that will visit Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. “
The Queen’s Baton Relay will now continue its journey around the Commonwealth, starting its South Asian journey in Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and then Bangladesh.