Blinkwater hike on Women’s Day

2015-08-26 06:00

Hikers enjoyed the breath-taking views from the top of Blinkwater, especially of Albert Falls Dam (pictured).

Hikers enjoyed the breath-taking views from the top of Blinkwater, especially of Albert Falls Dam (pictured).

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MORE than 50 people joined in the Women’s Day Hike at Blinkwater Hiking Trails as a fund-raiser for the Greytown Police Family Child Support Unit.

The youngest hiker was four-year-old Wynina Janse van Vuuren who completed the 5.6km hike with ease. The event was supported by SAPS members from stations all around Umvoti. Some, who due to medical reasons, could not do the hike, still supported the event by having a picnic at the starting point, including the previous Rietvlei station­ commander, Jan Vermaak and his wife, from Hilton. Hikers enjoyed the breath-taking views from the top of Blink- water, especially of Albert Falls Dam. The first front line of hikers spotted a group of Oribi grazing on a fire break and the last line of hikers had the delight of watching two Knysna Loeries flirting high above them in the indigenous forest.

After a good rest and enjoying their picnic lunch, Lieutenant Khesni Babloo, head of the FCS Unit in Greytown, spoke about the work done by the unit. Hikers were then transported back to their vehicles, while a small, very fit group decided to hike back.

A big thank you to Blinkwater Hiking Trails for arranging this event, to Sappi Forestry for sponsoring the labour truck to transport people back to their vehicles, to EKZNW for the use of Blink- water­ Reserve, to the members of Rietvlei SAPS, who escorted the hikers in full gear to protect and police this event, to Felix Middleton from Crew, who led this hike and pointed out plant species, and most of all, to everybody who supported this event so that every woman and child victim coming into the FCS Unit can be cared for in the appropriate way. - Tienus Stoltz

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