My Dad, Alex de Chermont, completed his 90th parkrun at North Beach on the 8 July 2017. He is a living miracle. On 25 February 2017 he was at Botanical Garden parkrun walking, but he had Heart Failure and he was given CPR for 22 minutes before the ambulance arrived and used the defibrillator on him to get his heart to beat again. He was in ICU for weeks. Thank you to everyone who saved his life and prayed for him. We are very blessed as he is a very lucky man to have survived. Proud of you Dad!’
Special Thank you to Dr Tasha Gloeck and Mrs Anna-Marie Scheepers who went to my Dad’ss rescue when he collapsed and who started CPR on him immediately. They have visited my Dad and we will never forget their bravery and courage to save my Dad’s life. True Heroes!
My Dad is still a volunteer at Botanical Garden parkrun.
Now he can’t wait to achieve his 100th parkrun and get his 100th t-shirt. His goal has been always to aim for his 250th parkrun. We wish him all the best!
On Saturday, 29 July 2017, more than 150 volunteers, community members and school learners, all from diverse backgrounds, brought their gardening tools, love and enthusiasm to plant 440 indigenous trees at the Laudium Sports Stadium along a portion of the parkrun route.
Everyone had an opportunity to adopt and name their trees. It was truly a blessing to see young and old come out and connect with nature and the earth. When you now visit this little space that was once bare land, you can actually feel the energy of the trees that have transformed it into a beautiful space.
Special thanks are extended to Nazih Mustapha from the IAHV (International Association for Human Values) for providing the support, motivation and guidance to make this event possible. The volunteers look forward to working together in the future to uplift the community. Of equal importance are the Councillors, municipal workers, local businesses, individuals, and community service providers that supported and contributed to this initiative – we are better when we work together.
The Love Where You Live volunteers will continue their efforts to protect the environment in any way they can. In caring for the environment, we secure our own future. Those who have adopted trees and anybody else who just wants to spend some time with nature, is encouraged to love and support the little trees, just as they would, their own children, and one day their roots will be strong and grounded to take care of future generations. Our future depends on trees.
To find out more, follow the pages on Facebook and Instagram: @LoveWhereYouLive.Laudium
The Kimberley parkrun core team visited Sally Aucamp Home, Bophelo Child and Youth Care Centre as well as Elizabeth Conradie School yesterday to hand over clothing and food donated by parkrunners during the recent pyjama run. We would like to thank each and every one for your generosity! The blankets will be handed over to Platfontein residents next week and the gloves received will be donated to our parkrunners from Yonder. The donations were all gratefully received.
On 1st July we were lucky enough to do the parkrun du Chateau de Pierre-de-Bresse. The run director is an Australian lady who has married a Frenchman, so language was no problem.
The group was very small and consisted of 2 South Africans, 4 Australians, 1 German, 1 Swede, 6 English, with the remainder being French.
I was so looking forward to them saying “Is there anyone from another country” so I could proudly put up my hand and show our flag on my parkrun shirt. I was cut to size very quickly when half the group put up their hands!
The parkrun was asked to give their support to Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics, so we formed up in front of the chateau and to make the Eiffel tower.
The parkrun is 3 laps through beautiful gardens ending running down next to the chateau. After the run, the whole group went for coffee. It was my husband’s birthday, so the joke was that I organised a surprise party for him as everyone sang happy birthday and we had French bread for the cake. It was an amazing experience sitting with people you have never met before and sharing the occasion with them. It did not matter what their backgrounds were; they all contributed to a memory that will last for ever.
I enjoyed a wonderful Botanical Garden parkrun on 5 August with my dad Ken and my youngest brother Dean. Our combined age is 190. I’m very proud of my dad, he is such an inspiration to us children. To be still running at the age of 82. Dad holds 11 South African age group records from 800m to 10,000m. All were achieved from the age of 70 onwards.
On Saturday we welcomed back Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun, in the Falkland Islands, and all three events in Australia’s Northern Territory, representing another positive moment in the gradual return of parkrun events around the world. It was great to see the unofficial parkrun podcast, With Me Now, live-streaming from Nightcliff and Palmerston parkruns. If…
Bellville parkrun takes place in the Jack Muller/Danie Uys Park, which was closed to the public for several months during lockdown earlier this year. When the park reopened, Co-Event Director Almarie, like so many of our parkrunners, was very happy to be able to enjoy this lovely space for exercise once more. She did…