A jolly atmosphere reigned at Rand Aid’s Inyoni Creek retirement village on September 16 when a spring walk was held and the village staff did the Jerusalema dance.
Forty-four walkers took part, including Brian Stevens, Doris Ferri and Beryl O’Donnell, who are in their 90s.
Four routes were offered: A 750m walk, mainly for those using a walking aid; and 1km, 2km and 4km options. The 4km was by far the most popular.
“Walkers were encouraged to practise social distancing and after burning some calories, everyone enjoyed a prego roll,” says Inyoni Creek manager Jenny Tonkin.
To add to the fun, residents were encouraged to dress up and prizes were awarded to Marcelle Kadish (best dressed lady) and Clive Cubitt (best dressed man).
“Our residents are pleasingly fit,” says Jenny, “probably because of the walking they did during lockdown to counteract their cabin fever.”
Inyoni Creek’s 20 hectares offers wonderful walks, with river frontage, pretty views over a green belt area and large dams. A bridge that can accommodate walking aids spans the Jukskei River, linking Inyoni Creek with its sister village, Elphin Lodge.
The Jerusalema dance was done in response to a challenge made by Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre, which urged other Rand Aid care centres and retirement villages to join the global craze started by local artist Master KG’s catchy song Jerusalema. It has become a global sensation and videos of people dancing to the hit are spreading smiles far and wide.