Hik­ing lessons

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I took part in the Big5Hike for Ed­u­ca­tion, a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive for the Royal Drak­ens­berg Pri­mary School. Hav­ing sum­mited the peaks back­drop­ping The Cav­ern Re­sort & Spa in the Drak­ens­berg, I had some time to re­flect on what lessons to take away from the week­end.

Firstly, how na­ture opens her arms to peo­ple from all walks of life; from young chil­dren to oldies, city slick­ers to farm­ers, the out­doors is there for ev­ery­one’s en­joy­ment.

Se­condly, how change is re­fresh­ing and we mustn’t shy away from it. I was ini­tially dis­ap­pointed when I drew open the cur­tains to find a layer of mist had de­scended upon the sur­round­ing moun­tains, di­min­ish­ing my hopes of the sweep­ing views that I couldn’t wait to see. How­ever, I was later grate­ful for the nat­u­ral air-con­di­tion­ing that the weather pro­vided!

The third les­son is never give up hope for hu­man­ity. A small group of peo­ple have man­aged to fund a school that ed­u­cates hun­dreds. They’re the he­roes you won’t see in the cinema, but they’re the ones who make all the dif­fer­ence in the world.

– Liam King, Cape Town

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