The theme of this year’s event was “Walking for South Africa” and walk, we did! The gathering was met with widespread celebration, and promotion of community causes, as walkers conquered the 15km, 8km, and 5km routes with gusto and excitement. If we could bottle the collective energy, load shedding will be a thing of the past.
The 15km route jumpstarted the event, as walkers paced their way around some of the city’s most iconic monuments, and infrastructure including the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
The 8km and 5km routes took walkers throughout the leafy suburbs surrounding Marks Park sports club in Emmarentia.
Despite the cold, thousands of people showed up in colourful costumes to showcase their support for a worthwhile cause. The smiles on the faces of the people of various shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds showed that the simple act of walking can bring a city together.
The behind the scenes activities of an event such as this is so important and not an easy task. Hats off to the organisers who do an amazing job. They always make it look so easy, but we could see they were exhausted. Between irate residents and flustered vendors, it made us very proud to see our technology playing a part in making their life a little bit easier. Big sporting events, have all the elements needed to create spectacular drama. It is a construction site, a theatre, a gym, a huge kitchen, a crèche, a psychologist’s office, a huge bar, a political hotspot – and last, but not least a hospital! Communication is vital to make an event like this a success.
We are once again very proud to have been part of this event. We got things done and enjoyed the experience. We embraced diversity and inclusion. We showed passion for our customers, partners, employees and communities and we definitely collaborated across teams.