Former Miss SA runner-up visits Toti

2016-04-06 06:00
Kim McCarthy (left) with former Miss SA runner-up, Victoria Bathurst who visited Toti recently. Photo: supplied

Kim McCarthy (left) with former Miss SA runner-up, Victoria Bathurst who visited Toti recently. Photo: supplied

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SAPPHIRE Coast Tourism Chairperson, Kim McCarthy hosted an interesting personality over the Easter holidays.

“We hosted a blind lady from Sydney, by the name of Victoria Bathurst. She originally hails from Cape Town and was the first non-white runner-up for Miss South Africa to Margaret Gardner. She was just 18 at the time and is now 55,” McCarthy said.

“Victoria went totally blind, from a degenerative eye disease, at age 30.”

McCarthy said they “got creative” to appeal to all her senses, so started her stay over with trip to Croc World where she participated in the talk and feeding of the crocodiles amid a potent smell of mature crocodiles and decaying chickens.

“From there we strolled around the gardens describing scenes and colours, smelling flowers, hearing bird life and holding baby crocs and snakes. In the evening, we enjoyed a picnic of local flavours at the Rhumbala Theatre followed with an awesome jazz session which had her up and dancing,” McCarthy said.

On Sunday morning the group headed for Tala Game Park for an open bumpy ride in the park jeep, enjoying the guides commentary, while taking in the African sounds around them.

“The day ended with an enthralling beach horseback ride, ticking off another item on her bucket list. Interestingly, all her activities were recorded on her iPad with date and time for replay. She is an amazing independent woman who travels the world on her own,” McCarthy added. - Supplied.

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