Geniene Writes : The 702 Walk the Talk was loads of fun. We arrived early around 8am and the crowds were already there. The venue was filling up as there are three different types of walks. We chose to do the 5km walk with our 2 Jack Russells, Carmen and Stormer (otherwise known as puppy). I generally avoid exercise of any kind (hence my arrival at the detox clinic this week) and on Sunday we primed ourselves for the walk.
The dogs were excited to see all the other dogs, big, small and very tiny and some were carried and some were walked. Ours attacked anyone who walked near by in their social disfunctional way! The noise at the start was horrendous. I wish someone would take note that when the 11am or 5km walk begins, tone the music down because the dogs get hysterical.
No sooner have they calmed down than they have to face the thousands of feet and the loud music. We carried the dogs and some people’s dogs were too big to carry so we all hung back hoping the DJ would look up from his DJ unit and see the dogs trying to get away from the noise. I did put it on twitter and asked them to do so but no one responded. Last year was the same. Hopefully someone listens this year.
Over 50000 entries were received and most of us finished without too much drama. My takkies gave me blisters so I changed to slip slops. Happy days. Dogs were exhausted but thanks to the stops provided by the Department of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries whose vets were on hand and the dog food company Complete, they managed to not get carried too long.
Children were in push carts, people used it as a protest action (Israel and Palestine made their protests known) and those in wheelchairs meandered along. Can’t wait for next year.
702 Walk the Talk is back and welcomes a new sponsor, MTN South Africa
Entries for this year’s 702 Walk the Talk are officially open, and the event promises to be better than ever with a new sponsor, MTN South Africa.
MTN SA is a subsidiary of MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications group that has operations in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
“702 is proud to partner with MTN SA, as both brands regard connecting people as one of their key objectives,” says 702 station manager Thabisile Mbete. “The Walk the Talk event provides a platform for people from all walks of life to come together peacefully, united in their diversity, for a family fun day out.”
The MTN Walk the Talk with 702 event caters to walkers of all fitness levels and abilities – there’s a 15km walk which winds through some of Joburg’s iconic landmarks, an 8km walk which goes through the leafy suburbs around Emmarentia, and a 5km walk which attracts a lot of families walking with kids, prams, gran and gramps, and even the family dog.
Many walkers use the event as a platform to raise awareness for great causes and come together in vibrant costumes or matching outfits. Others use it for a team builder for colleagues and friends.
The fun is not over when everyone has crossed the finish line and received their medal – as walkers will be treated to live music from some of SA’s best loved groups. There’s also a range of hospitality or public catering options to ensure energy is replenished after the walk.
Enzo Scarcella, Chief Operating Officer of MTN SA, says the partnership between Talk Radio 702 and MTN SA gives expression to MTN’s commitment to drive positive socio-economic change and provides a platform for South Africans to contribute meaningfully to social dialogue and the pursuit of national socio-economic imperatives.
“MTN SA believes that this platform will complement its ongoing socio-economic initiatives such as the MTN 21 kilometre half marathon, which is an initiative to raise funds for education activities. We intend to invigorate Walk the Talk even further by introducing exciting competitions for the participants that reinforce the family-orientated focus of the event,” says Scarcella.