Rand Aid walked the talk

Walk, talk and dance … the Rand Aid way!

MTN Walk the Talk with 702 on July 22 was green tinged this year.

A large contingent from non-profit organisation Rand Aid Association donned black and lime green T-shirts and took to the streets of Johannesburg to promote active ageing and create awareness of their organisation.

Founded way back in 1903 – which is the year of the Wright Brothers’ legendary flight, Rand Aid is still going strong. This year, it was one of 702 Walk the Talk’s official charities.

Rand Aid Association was started to help destitute people following the Boer War. The Star of 10 March 1903 reported: “A Government Department created by Lord Milner, the Refugee Aid Committee, and the Present Help League, which was created by Rev. Kelly in Central Avenue, Burghersdorp (Fordsburg), were today merged under the auspices of Lord Milner and the Rand Aid Association was founded with Lord Milner as Honorary President.”

Today, 115 years later, Rand Aid continues to do its good work, helping vulnerable elders and those battling substance abuse. It manages four retirement villages, two frail care centres, a treatment centre for people with substance abuse problems and a home for the deaf. Support services include Cookchill, the catering arm that prepares 35 500 meals a month; the stores; central workshops and the laundry.

All the complexes are situated in and around the Lyndhurst area, just outside of Johannesburg.

Rand Aid employees of all levels and a few residents took part in the 5km walk. Also present on the day was Tracy Pretorius, aka Aggie Hatrick, the character created by Rand Aid to give a voice to more mature people.

Married to Gerry Hatrick, Aggie is also known as Hip Op Granny because despite bones that are not as flexible as they once were, she refuses to let advancing years get the better of her. She firmly believes that you don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.

“In order to keep moving, you’ve got to keep moving…” is one of her favourite sayings.

“It was wonderful to see so many of Rand Aid’s team out and about,” says Aggie.

Ayanda Matthews, Rand Aid’s GM Compliance & Social React Division, who also did the walk, says: “The cohesion, the camaraderie and the team spirit were unparalleled.”

“Rand Aid’s people have so much passion and va va voom,” says Rand Aid employee and walk co-ordinator Neeri Stroebel.

Many thanks to the sponsors, who helped ensure the success of Rand Aid’s participation:

  • Sovereign Construction
  • Dent Carpets
  • Hurlyvale Meats
  • TCC Interior Project
  • Master Chip Fruit & Veg
  • Bramley Mica

Bianca Richards (left), the Ron Smith Care Centre occupational therapist, was one of the most colourful Rand Aid walkers.

Team Rand Aid before boarding the buses that would transport them to Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia for the MTN Walk the Talk with 702.

Team Rand Aid walkers show their spirit.

Rand Aid walkers proudly stand with the NPO’s banner.

And they are off.

Dancing the Walk …. Team Rand Aid at the MTN Walk the Talk with 702.

Full of spirit and not afraid to show it.

Team Rand Aid had oodles of enthusiasm!

Just a’moving and a’grooving.

Check out those moves!


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