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Crazy for Walking Initiative

PROUD INITIATOR OF CRAZY FOR WALKING

Vista Clinic is the proud initiator and a host of the Crazy for Walking initiative. 

CRAZY FOR WALKING 2018
The Crazy for Walking initiative kicked off in 2017 with a walk from Pretoria to Cape Town in order to de-stigmatize mental illness and to promote mental wellness. The walkers arrived in Cape Town on the 10th of October 2017, World Mental health day, having completed the 1500 km journey over five weeks.  Stigma associated with mental illness is still a major barrier to treatment worldwide. The reality is that even in modern society people who suffer from a mental illness are still being labeled as "Crazy". Instead of avoiding the word "Crazy" we have embraced it head on ... The message: You are NOT "Crazy" if you suffer from a mental illness... it is CRAZY to walk 1500 km from Pretoria to Cape Town.  This year's Crazy for Walking initiative will be bigger and better with different Crazy for Walking events across South Africa. The walks will be hosted by the participating private Psychiatric hospitals supported by the national Crazy for Walking PR and media campaign.  One of the key focus areas of Crazy for Walking is mental health and wellness education. Last year we had different mental health speakers delivering talks on mental health and wellness along the route from Pretoria to Cape Town. This year there will be an even stronger focus on community talks on mental health throughout South Africa.

THE DREAM – WHERE IT ALL STARTED IN 2017
"The Happiness HELPS tools (developed by Vista Clinic) for achieving and maintaining mental wellness, gave life to an idea originally from a personal dream of mine. I was further inspired by the lyrics of Koos du Plessis's song "Sprokie vir 'n stadskind" ("....as jy aanhou stap tien duisend ure, sal jy dalk daar kom..."). This made me wonder how far one can walk in ten thousand hours. The longest tangible distance I could imagine, (as I traveled it from time to time), was from Pretoria to Cape Town.... and then this "crazy" idea of long-distance walking was born! Since then, wherever I travel in South Africa, I would imagine myself walking this route...... and so it eventually all came together in the Crazy for Walking initiative." Hannetjie Buitendag – Team Captain

HOW CRAZY IS CRAZY?
Let's face it, there are many easier ways to travel 1500 km than merely on foot, walking. In fact if you tell anyone that you intend to walk so far, their responses will probably include something like: "Are you crazy?"  Mr Francois Louw, Director of the National Health Network (NHN) group of hospitals says: "Many people think that it's crazy to walk from Pretoria to Cape Town. After all, there are far easier ways of traveling between the two capitals. The primary objective of this initiative is to elevate awareness of mental illness. More importantly though, it aims to de-stigmatize the associations around the word "crazy", often used through ignorance and fear of mental illness."

CRAZY FOR WALKING EVENTS
This year there will be more than one Crazy walk hosted in different regions of South Africa.
BLOEMFONTEIN:
Riemland challenge - Walk the Walk – hosted by Bloemcare & Nurture Health (Corona, Victoria Gardens, Woodlands)
CAPE TOWN:

Walk the Mountain challenge – hosted by Crescent Clinic
Mall walks challenge – hosted by Life Path Health group
PRETORIA:
Union buildings challenge – hosted by Denmar & Vista Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CRAZY SOCKS DAY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND WEAR CRAZY SOCKS ON 10 OCTOBER CRAZY SOCKS DAY
Get your Crazy Socks @ R65 per pair.  Official Crazy for Walking "Crazy Socks" available from:
Bloemfontein:
Bloemcare contact Suzane Wille 051 446 3242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pretoria:
Denmar contact Wikus Lambrechts 012 998 6062 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vista Clinic contact Jolandi Posthumus 012 664 0222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cape Town:
Crescent Clinic contact Marlene vd Berg 021 762 7666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Life Path Health group contact Natalie Winterbach 021 595 8534 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Buy online:
www.peaceofafrika.co.za

WEBSITE
Have a look at www.crazyforwalking.co.za for more information

CRAZY FOR WALKING APP

Make your walk count, download the Crazy for Walking mobile APP from istore or Google Play.  Contribute your steps towards our CRAZY MISSION TO MARS - 54.6 million km's to walk to Mars!

Android and APPLE version of the Crazy for Walking app is NOW ready to download from Google Play store and istore. 

Type “crazyforwalking” all one word to search in Google Play store                     

Steps:

1.     Download the app:  from istore or Google Play store

2.      Join an event:  the “Crazy mission to Mars” and other events (example Mountain Walk event)

3.      Join a Team:   join a specific team or walk as an individual.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a team code:

a.     Example team codes for Vista Clinic:  Vista Pink Team (VP), Vista Blue Team (VB), Vista Orange Team (VO)

4.      Track km’s:  Go to my sessions and click on an event to start tracking your steps

5.      Click on the record button to start tracking and end to view stats once you have stopped walking

6.      Share your session on social media or whatsapp

7.      Notifications will be send at the end of the day to indicate how many km’s have been walked for the day

User Guide/Help:

Please have a look at the user guide /help section on the Crazy for Walking website under the mobile app tab to see how the app works:  http://crazyforwalking.co.za/help/

 

 

 

 

 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook - @crazyforwalking
Twitter - @crazyforwalking
Instagram - @crazyforwalking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Android and APPLE version of the Crazy for Walking app is NOW ready to download from Google Play store and istore. 

 

Type “crazyforwalking” all one word to search in Google Play store                     

 

Steps:

 

1.     Download the app:  from istore or Google Play store

2.      Join an event:  the “Crazy mission to Mars” and other events (example Mountain Walk event)

3.      Join a Team:   join a specific team or walk as an individual.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a team code:

a.     Example team codes for Vista Clinic:  Vista Pink Team (VP), Vista Blue Team (VB), Vista Orange Team (VO)

4.      Track km’s:  Go to my sessions and click on an event to start tracking your steps

5.      Click on the record button to start tracking and end to view stats once you have stopped walking

6.      Share your session on social media or whatsapp

7.      Notifications will be send at the end of the day to indicate how many km’s have been walked for the day

 

User Guide/Help:

Please have a look at the user guide /help section on the Crazy for Walking website under the mobile app tab to see how the app works:  http://crazyforwalking.co.za/help/

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