Elderly people can become invisible in society. We work forty years or more. Some of us are married even longer. Our friends and family of years standing have passed away or have moved on and we find ourselves rather isolated in alone-ness.
But – volunteering at a parkrun changes all that.
When marshaling and saying to each and everyone passing you “Almost there” or “Thank you for being here” or “Please come again” and even “Hey doggie, you will beat your mommy” makes a huge difference to the people, but their response in turn is unbelievable!
They in turn thank you for what you are doing for them and they help to create a friendly and warm feeling for everyone.
That in turn evolves into the feedback of a friendly family orientated parkrun venue and officials.
As an elderly person, to see the pre-teens working hard to stay with a parent, or a dog straining at the leash, or even better, the bulk of the people, not so young anymore and not very fit, being there and doing something for themselves and then thanking you for what you are doing for them - now that is most inspiring.
Now one knows, you are something, and you added value to someone’s life.
You are not invisible anymore!
George van Jaarsveld
Event Director – Heron Banks parkrun
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