It’s a cloudy Saturday morning on the corner of Hill Street in Grahamstown but a number of the town’s residents can be seen lining the street wearing shorts and matching shirts. Before the group takes off on their 5km course, Janine Peinke, one of the organisers of the Stride With Pride for Hospice 5km fun run says that the moody weather will not be enough to discourage the group of about 60, whose objective is to give back to the Grahamstown Hospice.
Peinke states that the idea for Stride With Pride was conceived by the manager of St. Lukes Hospice, the manager of the Cape Town branch of the hospice. The event is organised in order to benefit the Grahamstown Hospice and bring awareness to cancer in the community. She adds that their first event was a walk/run in Port Alfred in 2013 and this inspired the Grahamstown branch to organise one for the town in 2014.
The Grahamstown Hospice provides palliative care to people who are approaching the end of their lives and cancer patients. Peinke and fellow organiser, Trish Gillies adds that the sole purpose of the event is fundraising for the Hospice. “We hope this will bring Grahamstown citizens together and encourage people who feel alone in their medical struggles to use the services of the Hospice,” they added.