The Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia is calling for youths to join a 40-kilometre “journey into history” to mark the establishment of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland.
UYFC president Hun Many said at a press conference yesterday that the event is to commemorate the 40th anniversary of SFDCM’s founding and the role played by youths.
“For this 40th anniversary, we would like to remind and remember the heroism and boldness of past generations,” he said, adding that the walk will retrace the journey Cambodian youths made thorough rivers and jungles to the Pi Thnou Memorial Monument in Kratie province where the SFDCM was formed on December 2, 1978.
Mr Many said the walk from November 29 to December 1 will involve 500 participants and is open to all youths. Registration closes on October 31.
Participants will have to pay an entry fee of $10 and a $90 deposit which will be refunded after they successfully finish the journey without breaking the rules.
Mr Many said the 40-kilometre walk will remind participants of the hardships youths faced while journeying through minefields and the forest to form SFDCM to overthrow the Khmer Rouge.
He added that the event will also inspire youths to test their patience and ability to reach their goal.
Journey organiser Sok Sabayna said that the walk will start from a point in Snuol district and end at Pi Thnou Memorial Monument.
He noted that there will be a Buddhist ceremony to pay tribute to the youths and people who made sacrifices to save the nation.
Mr Sabayna said participants will be allowed to rest after walking10 kilometres, and will camp for the night after 20 kilometers. On the second day, they will continue on the remaining 20 kilometers, again resting after 10 kilometres.
He added that those who register for the walk should provide proof that they are medically fit and will be interviewed before they are allowed to take part.
“All applicants must be interviewed,” Mr Sabayna noted. “The interview is aimed at explaining to them what the event is about.”