The intrepid Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse Ladies arrived back at Grotto Beach in the late afternoon on Sunday, to the exuberant joy of their loved ones who were waiting to welcome back partners, mothers, sisters and friends. There were many hugs, tears and kisses as they were happily reunited.
Every one of the walkers managed to complete the strenuous, four-day charity hike along the coast, including The Village NEWS’ Taylum Meyer, who was the youngest walker and official photographer of the event, participating for the second year running. She said there were no serious injuries along the 100 km route, apart from many blistered feet and toes.
Several of the L2L walkers are veterans, including Les Clarke, who completed her 13th walk and was the oldest member of the group. Stalwarts and long-time sponsors, Elaine Bayer of The Beanery and Lindi Prinsloo of Refine both participated for the eighth year, while Ronelle van Zyl and Simone Heunis of the L2L committee now each have five L2L Ladies’ Walks under their belts.
One of the new participants was Jami Kastner, whose Butterfly Centre near Stanford is the main beneficiary of this year’s charity walk. She said the walk had been “an amazing experience and a personal pilgrimage”.