Residents walk the walk

2019-12-10 06:00
Members of the local walking bus and police assisted as marshals for the walk.                                                 PHOTOS: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Members of the local walking bus and police assisted as marshals for the walk. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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Residents have put their best foot forward in a fun walk arranged by ward 79 councillor, Solomon Philander on Saturday 7 December.

The walk started off at the Beacon Valley community hall and ended at Portland indoor sports centre.

“As part of the walk, we invited all Mitchell’s Plain library users to return overdue books at no cost and with no questions asked. This will enable other users to enjoy reading and access information,” says Philander.

No books were returned, however library staff are optimistic, saying they are happy to have used the opportunity to raise awareness.

Philander says there are around 174 unreturned books.

“This event was in the planning phase during 2018 when we had a spike in trauma through violence and specifically the killings of innocent lives in the ward. These events projected our community labelled as unsafe, with no solution in sight. As the ward councillor I am of the opinion that the majority of people living in ward 79 contribute positively to the community and that there is a need for creating social cohesion initiatives where we as a community can participate. In addition to this we have great recreational facilities in ward 79, this event links communities through social initiatives,” says Philander.

Organisations also had the opportunity to walk and share massages through posters.

“The Mitchell’s Plain library is a recreation facility that is accessed by young and old to collect knowledge or serving the internet for information or access employment opportunities. Making sure we look after our resource we need responsible users that loan books and return them to the facility to give the opportunity to other users to enjoy or benefit from it,” says Philander.

“The disadvantage of users not returning the books it deprives others. It will also become wasteful expenses if everyone don’t return books and the City must replace the resources that was already purchased. Future funds should be used to expand on resources and not replacing resources. Let us build a responsible community through a simple act. We are all stewards of our local resources.”

Mu-Izz Hendricks from the library says it has become more than just a place to read books. “We believe as a result of extra-curricular activities and the integrated endeavours of the library, it now serves add a centre of hope and light for the community,” he says.

The participants received a medal and lunch and then enjoyed fun and games at the indoor centre.

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