This is why I live in Ken­ton

Talk of the Town - - Neighbourly Notes - ... with Si­mon Oliver

WHERE you de­cide to live makes a big dif­fer­ence to how much you en­joy be­ing there.

Ken­ton peo­ple are very con­cerned about the well­be­ing of their com­mu­nity and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. This in it­self is not un­usual. What is un­usual is that when­ever there is a need, some­one puts up their hand and makes things hap­pen. Free Spirit Ad­ven­tures, which has raised al­most R800 000 over the last five years to pro­tect and care for our Rhino’s, or­gan­ised a Rhino run in Ken­ton last week­end.

Our game re­serves, Amakala, Kar­iega and Sibuya, who do so much to pro­tect our Rhino pop­u­la­tion, were in­volved and brought teams of their staff to par­tic­i­pate.

But what made our Rhino Run the big­gest in the coun­try, with more than 570 fin­ish­ers, was the Ken­ton com­mu­nity led by Jo Wil­mot. She got donors from the vil­lage, in­clud­ing SPAR and Feath­ers Farm, to con­trib­ute to the costs of the event.

They got teams from the lo­cal and Gra­ham­stown schools. Fam­i­lies came out in their droves. I loved see­ing fam­i­lies run­ning (or walk­ing) to­gether, many with their an­i­mals in tow or trail blaz­ing in front. Ken­ton Ro­tary cooked ba­con and egg rolls (my favourite) and the SPCA de­li­cious pan­cakes for those ea­ger to carbo-load, both be­fore and after the run.

I live in Ken­ton be­cause our vil­lage is small enough to make a dif­fer­ence. Peo­ple don’t just talk about things; they get busy and DO things. They are in­volved in lo­cal schools, feed­ing schemes, foster homes and beau­ti­fy­ing the vil­lage through their ef­forts in our gar­dens. They re­pair dam­age caused by heavy seas.

They are avail­able when you need them.

Please con­tact me on and tell me why you think Ken­ton and all the towns in the Lower Al­bany area are spe­cial to you. I look for­ward to hear­ing from you.

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