Walk to honour those in pain

2018-10-09 06:01
Gladus Jones and Maud van de Vent, both from Hanover Park, stood as marshals at the event on Wednesday­.­PHOTO: aishah cassiem

Gladus Jones and Maud van de Vent, both from Hanover Park, stood as marshals at the event on Wednesday­.­PHOTO: aishah cassiem

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Hanover Park was a hive of activity on Wednesday morning as the eighth annual Walk for Life walkathon kicked off in the area.

The fun walk hosted by the Hanover Park Community Health Centre (CHC) was attended by more than 250 people, in honour of those living with chronic pain and disease­.

Members of the Hanover Park allied health therapeutic groups, as well as patients attending the health centre, showed their support by participating in the health walk covering either a 5km or 8km distance.

The project, hosted under the Western Cape Government’s Department of Health, was also to create awareness about these conditions and positive lifestyle changes that locals can make in their community.

Traffic officials and street marshals were on standby to guide the walkers, who included mothers with prams, from Hanover Park CHC in Hallans Walk to Hanover Park Civic Centre in Hanover Park Avenue.

Sharon Daniels from Manenberg, who attended the health walk on her own, says she has been participating in the event for the past three years.

“I am a member of Hanover Park’s day hospital and I do this walk every year in support of those suffering from chronic pain. Even though I have asthma, I have been coming third place in this race since I started, and enjoy every bit of it,” she says.

Mohamed Stevens, another participant from Hanover Park, who attended with his whole family, says: “Many of my relatives suffer from chronic pain and spend most of their time at the day hospital. We attended this walk in support of them and all those who suffer from the disease.

“Taking walks across the community is not always easy because of the gang violence that occurs here, but it surely helps many chronic patients. We must enjoy our walks. We don’t need to run or jog, just be patient and walk. It helps a lot.”

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