Each year, Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse (L2L) hosts a series of practice walks in the months leading up to the main 100 km walk for charity from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse to Danger Point Lighthouse.

Representatives from some of the 11 charities that applied for funding joined the practice walk in Hermanus on Sunday

The practice walks give ladies registered for the main walk an opportunity to get used to the terrain and distance that they will experience on the main walk in 2021, and are also open to anyone who wishes to join in. From this year, those who are unable to make it to the practice walks (which are held in the Overstrand), are encouraged to join in spirit and do a virtual practice walk on that same weekend in their home areas.

It is also the first year that participants are required to register online for the practice walks in advance on Quicket, and to pay an entry fee if they are not a registered L2L 2021 walker. The funds raised from these practice walks will be used to raise funds for the other 11 charities that were not selected as the main beneficiary (Hermanus Child & Family Services) or secondary beneficiary (Overstrand Hospice). The full list of charities that will benefit from the 2021 walk can be found at www.lighthouse2lighthouse.co.za/charities_new.

Honorary Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse Member Leslie Clark (left) with L2L Chairperson Ronelle van Zyl on the last stretch of the walk to Gateway Centre.

Walkers were asked to wear pink for the first practice walk, which took place on Sunday, to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 72 participants met at The Beanery at Gateway Centre at 07:00 to sign in and just before 08:00 the group set off for Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

The route followed a hiking trail in Fernkloof Nature Reserve before continuing on the trail towards Voëlklip. The walkers enjoyed beautiful views and a few whales could be seen in the distance. From there it was down to Grotto Beach where they enjoyed a break before heading along the Cliff Path back towards town and the end of the walk at Gateway. Committee member Elna de Villiers was on standby with her support vehicle to provide backup and help in case of any incidents.

Joining the group were several representatives from the 2021 charity list, including Phil Murray (Grootbos Foundation), Sister Zoe Hayman (Hawston Health and Welfare Organisation), Jennie Vorster and Joanie Nel (SOFCA), Wilna Barnes (Overstrand Hospice), Ninky Matthee (Hermanus Waldorf School) and Daisy Verburg (Children’s Book Network). Jami Kastner of The Butterfly Centre, which was the beneficiary of the 2020 walk, also joined in the practice walk on Sunday, while Adene Pringle from Kleinmond Animal Welfare and Tracy Whitehead from the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation joined in spirit by doing virtual walks. They were among six teams of virtual walkers on Sunday, from Gauteng to Montagu and Jacobsbaai.

Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse will hold one practice walk a month in different locations in the Overstrand leading up to their main 100 km walk for charity in 2021 (for the first time split into two groups to help maintain social distancing). The next practice walk will be held for the first time at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and part of the trail will extend into Flower Valley Farm. This is a very rare opportunity to walk in this area so make sure you register on Quicket (search for ‘Practice Walk 2 – Grootbos Fynbos Trail‘) as spots are limited. If you cannot make it to Hermanus for the walk then register for the virtual practice walk (search for ‘Virtual Walk 2’).

For more information visit www.lighthouse2lighthouse.co.za or visit the Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse Ladies Facebook page for updates.

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