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Limpopo stages Provincial Big Walk 2018

By: Jermina Kaka

The 7th of October, the past Sunday was a fun-filled day with loads of entertainment that encouraged young and old from across the province, families, communities and athletes to actively participate in various recreational activities during the Limpopo Provincial Big Walk 2018 at Polokwane Rugby Grounds.

 

The aim of the programme is to promote family togetherness; living healthy and active lifestyles.

The event offered participants the chance to take on the 5, 10 or 15 km walk and every participant received a medal for their efforts. However, the healthy fun did not end with the walk and continued throughout the morning with aerobics sessions for everyone as well as face painting and a jumping castle for the children. Leading by example was Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Thandi Moraka who took the 15 km challenge in her stride and then proceeded to lead the aerobics class with much enthusiasm. In completing her 15 km walk, MEC Moraka said it is healthy to walk as it is effortless but energising. “It is a wonderful family activity and the health benefits are untold,” MEC Moraka said.

The Limpopo Big Walk Project manager, Ms. Mpho Ledwaba said the event was a success. “The implementation of this programme was not an easy one, but we are glad all went well and is was a success. People came in numbers to support. We really appreciate” said Ledwaba,

The province of Limpopo joined the rest of the country in staging the seventh edition of the Big Walk with an anticipation of attracting young to senior citizens of the province. The ‘BIG WALK’ Programme is established by the National Department of Sport and Recreation and it is suitable for all, rich and poor, people with disability, young and old and has no financial implications.

The main aim of the programme is to promote social cohesion and nation building furthermore to encourage people to take up the habit of walking on regular basis, and to begin to engage in walking as a conscious choice in leisure-time activities. The programme was prompted by the ever increasing number of obesity and high incidence of heart attack amongst the communities. Walking is an effective form of physical activity for improving the cardio-vascular system that is the heart, blood vessels and lungs.