Ma­yor joins Mer­cy Ma­ra­thon

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

Frank­lin Pe­ceur, Mark Koop­man, Mal­colm John­son, Ru­dolph Wil­li­ams joi­ned by Ma­yor De­on de Vos and Ez­zard Huf­kie of the De­part­ment of E­du­ca­ti­on.

GRAAFF-REI­NET — On a chil­ly Wed­nes­day mor­ning, Ma­yor De­on de Vos joi­ned four de­di­ca­ted wal­kers on their e­pic jour­ney through South A­fri­ca du­ring their pit-stop in to­wn.

Graaff-rei­net was in­clu­ded as one of 40 towns in the thi­rd an­nu­al Mer­cy Ma­ra­thon.

The so­le pur­po­se of the ma­ra­thon is to rai­se a­wa­re­ness of the South A­fri­can Red Cross Air Mer­cy Ser­vi­ce (AMS) and rai­se much-nee­ded funds for the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on to o­pe­ra­te.

AMS is a non-pro­fit or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on that of­fers a­e­ro-me­di­cal res­cue ser­vi­ces, which con­sis­ts of an air am­bu­lan­ce he­alth out­re­ach and e­mer­gen­cy res­cue to re­mo­te ru­ral and me­tro­po­li­tan a­re­as.

Mal­colm John­son (60), joi­ned by Ru­dolph Wil­li­ams (61), Mark Koop­man (51) and Frank­lin Pe­ceur (45) star­ted t­his 36-day jour­ney on Sa­tur­day, 12 May, and aim to walk mo­re than 2 000kms from Ri­chards Bay to S­tel­len­bosch. The four in­di­vi­du­als par­ti­ci­pa­ting in t­his y­e­ar’s ma­ra­thon all ha­ve acti­ve li­fe­sty­les, so­me of which in­clu­des com­ple­ting se­ver­al wal­king com­pe­ti­ti­ons and 17 Com­ra­des ma­ra­thons.

Du­ring their pit-stop in Graaff-rei­net, a com­me­mo­ra­ti­ve scroll, car­ried from to­wn to to­wn, was sig­ned by Ma­yor De­on de Vos.

The te­am left to­wn e­ar­ly Wed­nes­day mor­ning in the di­recti­on of A­ber­deen w­he­re they would stop for the nig­ht.

Af­ter ac­com­pa­nying the wal­kers do­wn Church S­treet, Ma­yor de Vos wis­hed them a sa­fe and en­joy­a­ble jour­ney.

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