On Thursday afternoon 11 October the three St Luke’s Hospice sisters who are walking 200kms around the Cape Peninsula to raise awareness and funds for Hospice were treated to tea and eats outside the Hospice Shop in Recreation Rd, Fish Hoek.
The walk was initiated by Yvonne Jackman last year. The Sisters, who are all walking the walk for the second time, are accompanied by a back-up crew in a truck with all their provisions and by BH Security. They walk about 28kms each day after which they return home to spend time with their families and to sleep in their own beds, starting up again the next morning from where they left off.
“The worst day was on Tuesday when we walked for 2hours in solid rain and raging icy wind,” smiled Yvonne. “We were on our way between Dolphin Beach and Atlantic Beach on the West Coast and then along the R27. As the big trucks passed the water would splash up – it was most unpleasant! Otherwise it has been a great time. Over the seven days we have not run out of things to talk about and now we are into the beautiful part of the peninsula, minds in neutral and enjoying the surroundings.”
Sr Maria van Maarseveen said the highlight for her was visiting the twelve areas on the Peninsula where St Luke’s operates. “All the areas are so very different, but we have experienced such a sense of bonding with each of the communities. Events have been held in each bringing people together for a common great cause.”
Sr Sharon Sutherland agreed with Maria’s sentiments. “Each area has been so different – the surroundings and the people. The sense of kinship is wonderful. The only thing that I am disappointed with is that, like last year, I have developed very painful blisters on my feet. I really would like to finish the walk. We trained for four months beforehand, in the right shoes, but I have still developed blisters! Our long training walks were up to 25kms each.”
Having spent seven days on the road, the Sisters will finish their walk in Hout Bay on Saturday 13 October with a Fund-Raising Lunch at The Lookout Deck. MC will be sporting celebrity, Trevor Quirk. Contact Lauren on 021 790 0900.
Chairlady of St Luke’s False Bay handed over a cheque to Yvonne from funds raised through the Fish Hoek Hospice Shop, very efficiently run by Wendy Baeta and her merry band of volunteers.
There is still time to sponsor these three intrepid women who hope to raise R500 000 for St Luke’s. To donate online go to http://auction.stlukes.co.za/donations1.htm
Should you wish to volunteer your time to St Luke’s, in any capacity, please phone the office on 021 782 7696 weekdays between 9am – 12.30.