Walk of life in Port Moresby

Paradise - - Contents - – ALEXAN­DRA CHRISTY

It’s not my usual prac­tice to get up at 4.30 in the morn­ing on a Sun­day and join 5000 other peo­ple for an eight-kilo­me­tre walk through a city down to the sea – and then do yoga – but that was ex­actly what I did in Port Moresby ear­lier this year.

I was tak­ing part in the ‘ Walk for Life/ Yoga for Life’ pro­gram, or­gan­ised by the of­fice of Port Moresby’s gov­er­nor, Powes Parkop.

He is ded­i­cated to the idea of ex­tend­ing the life ex­pectancy, cur­rently 66 years of age, of the peo­ple in Port Moresby. His idea for the pro­gram is to in­still in city res­i­dents a value of health.

This is no or­di­nary walk. You start in dark­ness at the Mur­ray Bar­racks and along the route the crowd, led by or­gan­is­ers, stops to do more ex­er­cise.

The age range is from ba­bies in slings to el­derly men and women. Many are bare­foot. Boom boxes blare from the bilums of the par­tic­i­pants, and the spirit is fes­tive and joy­ful.

One of the co­or­di­na­tors of the pro­gram, El­iz­a­beth Viviso, says: “It is so amaz­ing to see 5000 to 10,000 peo­ple com­ing out to walk be­cause they see the ben­e­fits of liv­ing a healthy life­style.”

Once the throng reaches the sea at the Paga Hill Ring Road, a yoga in­struc­tor leads the crowd in yoga po­si­tions.

The pro­gram op­er­ates through­out the year, with sea­sonal breaks. To check on the next date, email con­tact@ac­tivecity­port­moresby. com or phone +675 7297 7147. Tourists are wel­come and se­cu­rity is pro­vided.

On the march … a Sun­day- morn­ing walk for 5000 peo­ple in Port Moresby.

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