This newsletter’s volunteer heroine is Madz Loots. Madz is married to Jacques and has three children. She has run 159 parkruns and has volunteered in numerous roles over 150 times. She was originally a Kimberley parkrunner and Kimberley is her home run.
Now she is one of our most energetic and enthusiastic ambassadors working in the Free State, North West and the Northern Cape. She is also more than willing to assist in regions that are not necessarily hers if she is needed.
Everywhere Madz travels on her parkrun journey, her enthusiasm is so infectious that everyone is so delighted to welcome her. She is one of our most popular parkrun characters.
But her tenacity and courage were best displayed last Saturday when after a serious health scare she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Two days later she was in Virginia helping to launch the Sand River parkrun.
On parkrun morning Madz walked Sand River parkrun at the back of the field encouraging an elderly first time walker.
Madz Loots is truly one of parkrun South Africa’s great stars.
Welcome to this month’s volunteer update. Here is some of the key information for the coming period: 1. Important changes to event email accounts. 2. Embedding photographs in event news items. 3. Press and media. 4. Social media. 5. Recruiting volunteers. 6. Cancelling events. 7. Tail walkers. 8. Printed barcodes only. 1….
If ever proof were needed that parkrun really can make a difference in a community the launch of Mountain Drive parkrun in Graaff Reinet last Saturday provided it. With close to 300 registrations the enthusiasm for parkrun was obvious on the Saturday morning when dozens of excited first timers and volunteers arrived to run the…