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Books for Africa Founder Tom Warth to lead fundraising walk across Zanzibar

Warth, who is turning 80, will lead a group to raise money for the program, which has sent 34 million books to 49 countries in Africa since 1988.

Tom Warth, who founded Books for Africa in 1988, will lead a walk across Zanzibar next month to raise awareness and money for the program.

Warth will turn 80 on the 20-mile walk across the island, which is off the cost of Tanzania in East Africa.

Books for Africa, with headquarters in St. Paul, has sent 34 million books to 49 countries in Africa over the years. Warth founded it after visiting a small library in Uganda that had few books.

Joining him on the Zanzibar walk will be David Robinson, son of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. David Robinson has lived in Tanzania since 1981 and runs a cooperative of coffee farmers.

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Also on the walk will be Emma Kasiga of Minneapolis, who was born in Tanzania. Her aunt, Mama Anna Mkapa, the former first lady of Tanzania, will also be in the group of 25.