Aki Anastasiou remembers the first Walk the Talk with 702

The 2019 edition of the MTN Walk the Talk with 702 will once again start and finish at Marks Park, chosen because the facilities and surrounding green spaces are best able to cater to the numbers of participants wanting to gather in the name of togetherness.

Cast your mind back 18 years ago, and the first Walk the Talk held at the Wanderers Stadium. At that time, a few years after South Africa's first Democratic election, the notion of a mass walk event was still regarded with scepticism. Encouraged by the likes of presenter favourites like Dan Moyane and John Robbie, a strong crowd eventually signed up to participate. The event eventually started on Corlett Drive and ended on the cricket oval.

I think there were eight or nine thousand - it could have been twelve thousand people that came in to walk the first Walk the Talk.

Aki Anastasiou, 702 Presenter

**If you remember that first FNB Walk the Talk we'd love to hear from you. Email us on walkthetalk@702.co.za with your memories. We have a few prizes for the best stories and photos received!**

These photos from the 2003 edition of Walk the Talk show Wanderers Stadium filled with walkers and their supporters.

The impressive turnout from the very first year showed how 702, then a relatively small independent Medium Wave radio station, was able to bring together a sizeable audience, as an example of backing up one's talk with action. Clearly, this theme resonated with the audience because after just a few years, the event grew to the point that the Wanderers facilities could no longer house it, and it had to move.

And with the move of location, came other refinements to the event... more distances to walk, better hospitality and top notch entertainment.

The big thing at the time was the entertainment after the walk!

Aki Anastasiou, 702 Presenter

Scenes from the 2018 MTN Walk the Talk entertainment stage show how the afterparty is still a big part of proceedings.

Now, as South Africa contemplates 25 Years of Democracy, we hope you will heed the call to join many others in walking for a united future... Because by entering MTN Walk the Talk with 702, you sign up to a welcoming community walking in the same direction.

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