Fun walk raises awareness on abuse

Last Saturday, Dihlabeng Local Municipality in conjunction with the Department of Sports and Recreation and other stakeholders held a fun walk to raise awareness on the abuse of women and children that has plagued the nation of late.
The 15-kilometre fun walk started at Circle 2 and ended at Public Park near Mediclinic where organisers gave speeches and participants did aerobics.
The fun walk was held on the same day as the internationally acclaimed Comrades' Marathon. Lindiwe Makhalema, the executive mayor of Dihlabeng, also did her part in the fun walk and completed the distance from start to finish. Participants, mostly girls, held placards condemning violence against women and children. Another highlight was an 80-plus-year-old grandmother, named Sylvia Nhlapo, also took part in the event.
Nhlapo said she felt that it was crucial to be part of the fun walk, as a large number of girls become statistics of abuse and rape on a daily basis and it was necessary for law abiding citizens like herself to take a stand and say enough is enough.
Another participant, Nthabiseng Motaung, who works for the Department of Justice, said the awareness was for every women who can't speak or defend herself. She concluded by saying that abuse on women and children must come to an end now.
The executive mayor said that their aim with the fun walk was for the whole community to be aware of brutal killings of women and children taking placeĀ  in Bethlehem, Free State and in the country as a whole.

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