Fun walk bridges Rand Aid villages

Fun walk done and dusted… bring on the next one!

The residents from Rand Aid-run villages came out in their numbers to participate in the fun walk that was held on Friday, July 20. Almost 200 residents, staff and volunteers from Tarentaal, Inyoni Creek, Elphin Lodge, Thornhill and Thembalami enjoyed a 2km walk which started at Tarentaal and finished at Elphin Lodge.

Before starting off, the walkers were taken through some warm-up exercises. Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s manager recreational programmes, first led them in some gentle Chi Quong (a form of Tai Chi) movements which are known to help with breathing and circulation. Biokineticist Seugnette Kruger completed the warm-up with more exercises to prepare the body for movement and then the walkers were off!

The route meandered through Tarentaal village, up to the Inyoni Creek Clubhouse and then carried on along a lovely treed pathway which led to the re-erected bridge crossing over the Jukskei River. It finished at the Woodlands Lapa, inside the grounds of Elphin Lodge.

On arrival at the finish line, cool drinks and delicious snacks ranging from home-made cakes, biscuits, muffins, and cupcakes to assorted sandwiches and crisps were offered to the walkers, who had worked up a hearty appetite! Most of the eats were made and donated by Rand Aid residents.

The walk took place on a beautiful, sunny morning and the vibe was warm and happy.  The walkers had the opportunity to meet up with old friends from other Rand Aid villages and also had the chance to meet new people.

Debbie comments: “The whole purpose of the fun walk was to introduce Rand Aid residents and staff to the joy of walking for health and well-being and to promote interaction, connection and a sense of community with other Rand Aid villages. The re-erected bridge, now completed after it was destroyed by floods two years ago, is symbolic of bridging the boundaries of the different villages and introducing them to the beautiful grounds and places at Rand Aid, where people can walk and enjoy nature.”

Most of the walkers commented that the walk was extremely enjoyable and wanted to know straight away when the next fun walk would be! There was such a spirit of unity and camaraderie, which proves that leisurely walking in the good company of others, is an enjoyable and social activity.

The message from the residents is: Bring on Rand Aid Fun Walk #2 — we are ready!

Inyoni Creek’s management team manned a water table at the village’s clubhouse, offering a chance to quench thirsts, get a quick and free massage of any aching muscles or a Vitamin B12 boost. Sr Hannie Combrink was on hand to for those walkers needing extra TLC.

Rand Aid walkers gather together at the Start and enjoy giving a cheer for each Rand Aid Village represented at the fun walk.

Some of the 200 residents who made it to the Finish at Elphin Lodge.

Crossing over the Jukskei River on the new bridge from Tarentaal into Elphin Lodge. Front row: Nelson Raliphada, head of Rand Aid Security, escorts new Tarentaal resident Joan Grant towards the Finish.

Rand Aid residents beginning their Chi Quong warm-up exercises.

Enjoying the warm-up exercises.

All that exercise, fresh air and sunshine made us hungry!

Gathering at the Finish to socialise with fellow Rand Aid walkers and to enjoy the delicious eats.

Happy walkers coming down the ramp at Tarentaal (half way point).

The start of the walk.

And we’re off!


Making happy connections before the walk.

The fun walk gave residents a chance to catch up.



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