Swellendam Event Director, Dr Jacques du Toit has been thanked by the Western Cape Government Health Department for the amazing work he and his team have done in their area during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the pandemic, Dr du Toit saw the need for a hands-on approach in their predominantly farming community, who generally don’t have access to the resources to obtain the latest COVID-19 information. During the past months, Dr du Toit actively became involved in educating farm workers and farm owners, shop owners, schools and members of the community on COVID-19, what it is, how it spreads, the precautions that need to be taken and how a positive case in the work place needs to be handled.
In the true spirit of a parkrun volunteer, Dr du Toit gives credit to his team who have supported him and the community around the clock. In order to ensure they reached the most vulnerable groups Dr du Toit and his team visited the farm’s pick-up points very early in the mornings to screen the farm workers, educated them and ensure safety measures are being followed.
“You can’t beat this thing if you try to do it on your own, a hands-on approach and teamwork is very important,” explains Dr Du Toit
Long before there was ever a parkrun I mapped out a 5 km route from my house and back again. I felt the need to start running and I used this route a certain number of times a week. Then parkrun began and instead of running my route I did parkrun and got Freedom runs on the parkrun track.
For (not)parkrun I simply went back to my old route again. I leave my house, pass Delta Park where my parkrun takes place, go past two schools and dwellings where some of my friends live, then back again. The track has a down gradient at the beginning, a gradual gradient in the middle, and a down gradient at the end. I cross the main road twice which adds time while I wait for traffic.
Thank you so much for (not)parkrun.
I got my husband to join parkrun and he is now walking his 5km, 3 to 4 times a week.
Winning! We are all winning.
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