Ilze Lopes had a double stroke, 5 weeks ago she could not move, walk or even see. She completed her parkrun with the help of Grant Lopes, who held her upright in trying times, but she walked by herself most of the way, and completed her parkrun at Somerset West.
Ilze was wheelchair-bound just 2 weeks ago, yet she walked/ran this parkrun. Top marks to her and Grant.
I would like to share a little story regarding my time doing parkrun and the effect it’s had on my life.
After recovering from a spinal injury in 2010, my brother introduced me to parkrun as a way to heal myself after a traumatic period in my life. Not being able to continue with football, the sport I loved, I started parkrun, as walking was a form of rehabilitation.
I have since completed 87 parkruns and have gone from strength to strength and I am now able to actually jog. But the truly remarkable story is that of my daughter.
After being diagnosed with a rare kidney disease five years ago and after a successful kidney transplant three years ago, I encouraged her to follow in my footsteps by going to parkrun. Besides the fitness part, parkrun has given me precious time to spend with her and my family, walking through various parks in Johannesburg because of parkrun SA.
On Saturday 17 November 2018, my daughter, Paten Skye Goodall did her 50th parkrun. At the age of 13 she has shown tremendous strength and courage to get herself emotionally and physically healthy. And this is partly down to us doing parkrun each Saturday. Paten is now part of her school’s cross country team.
I would really like to thank the organisers, volunteers and all involved with parkrun SA, and to my brother Gene who volunteers at Alberts farm regularly, for introducing parkrun to us.
On Saturday 24 November, Golden Harvest parkrun was cancelled, so Malcolm Merson-Davies and friends made their way to Delta parkrun to help out the volunteers there!
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…