Shelly Beach woman completes ‘The Journey’

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Xolani Nompume and Vicky van Jaarsveld.

PHOTO: supplied Xolani Nompume and Vicky van Jaarsveld.

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IT was tough, but she did it. Vicky van Jaarsveld of Shelly Beach recently completed a 683km walk from Bloemfontein to Port Elizabeth.

Titled “The Journey”, the walk was in aid of charity and raising awareness against child abuse.

Van Jaarsveld, co-owner and co-founder of Summer Heat Model & Talent Search and Nkosinathi­ Manganyi, completed the first half of the walk on September 5.

The destination was the Emmanuel Child and Youth Care Centre in Middelburg, Eastern Cape.

The centre is one of the beneficiaries of The Journey.

“There were many highlights, but the one that stood out the most was meeting the children of the home.

“There was much excitement and they even made us a banner,” she said, and Van Jaarsveld­ and Manganyi were also treated to gumboot dancing

The second leg of the walk began on 7 October.

Xolani Nompume, a social worker from Emmanuel Child & Youth Care Centre, joined in and walked from the centre to Port Elizabeth.

“The public, families, SAPS and friends all supported The Journey either through accommodation or actually joining us on the walk,” said Van Jaarsveld.

She said when she started walking her feet blistered badly to the extent where it turned to bleeding sores.

Yet, she continued to walk, the sores healed, her feet toughened and she grew in strength.

The vision for “The Journey” is to a leave a footprint in every province of South Africa.

In 2016 The Journey will start in Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. People can help by SMSing the word “journey” to 42303 (SMS costs R30) or by donating­ building supplies to the Emmanuel Child & Youth Care Centre.

The supplies will go towards the extension of the home which will allow them to accommodate more children in the future.

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