News: Lou-May Immelman walks to raise funds for PAT

Lou-May Immelman in training, with PAT dog Morris

Lou-May Immelman, a member of Pets as Therapy (PAT), will be walking the 256km Tankwa-Camino from 28 April to 7 May 2017 to raise funds for PAT.

The Tankwa-Camino is a slack-packing, green flag trail that starts in Calvinia and ends in Ceres. Hikers walk along the R355 gravel road with nine overnight stops (in tents) along the way. This trail is not for the faint-hearted and challenges hikers at many different levels. Lou-May will be challenged physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – and be taken out of her comfort zone.

Day one, the third shortest (!), starts in Calvinia and 22,5 km later the first over-night stop is at Boskloof.

The daily distances are long, but each hiker determines their own pace; no-one “keeps time”. This is one of the attractions for me; that my experience of time will become very relative and the clock will not be my dictator. And that Søren Kierkegaard’s words to “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk … ” will spur me on to get up the next morning, and the next, and the next ...

She links this intentional move out of her comfort zone with PAT volunteers who visit facilities where residents’ daily lives could be described as living in zones of discomfort. She also links this with PAT volunteers who sometimes place themselves and their pets in uncomfortable zones.

Donations – large, small or consider value per km – are to be deposited directly into PAT’s bank account, with your name and “Tankwa” as reference. The details are as follows:

Name:             Pets as Therapy
Bank:              ABSA
Branch code:  632005
Account:         4060497683
For rurther information on the Tankwa-Camino trail visit