Walk and Fly

8 years 1 month ill …

Physical Deuce / Mental ED

(c) 2014 Edward C Lunnon

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I am angry!

This morning we have heard of yet another killing – this time the captain of our national soccer team shot down in cold blood.

I have written an open letter to the President of the RSA. Decisive action is needed to stop the lawlessness and crime in our country.

This comes after a wonderful weekend. A weekend that shows us just how we could live in this country of ours.

It started off with the Big Walk for Cancer. Nine thousand people walking five kilometers along the beach front of Port Elizabeth. All this to raise awareness and funds for cancer treatment in our City.

The weather was fine and the atmosphere electric. Singing and dancing and music and merriment, and in the process, a record established for the most number of feet through a hotel foyer of the Boardwalk Hotel.

Pera and I were two of the nine thousand!

Then we moved up to the Port Elizabeth Airport for the Bay West Air Show. All this to raise funds for the MTR Children’s Home in our City.

What an excited crowd – I’m not sure how many but the place was choc-a-bloc full.

“Oohs “and “aaahs” from little boys and little girls and not so little boys and little girls! The things that dreams are made of and the defining moments that determine the future occupation and pasttimes of so many little people.

Pictures grace all the pages of the social media and print media this morning.

These are the things that determine whether people remain in this country or flee overseas, as so many of our friends and family do.

We’re all on a high as we return home to watch the Currie Cup rugby final between the Lions and the WP – and WP wins! Even higher we go!

And what a choice of activities we had this weekend: in between walking and flying, we could have celebrated the Oktoberfest, attended the Aurora fete, tasted the whiskey and the cigars at the Fairview Expo, viewed the Bedford Gardens, …

All enough to make you high – the joys of Africa!

But then this morning’s news brings you crashing back to the realities of Africa!

And as I write this, my younger sister Ingrid and my niece Lindsay are visiting my youngest sister June in the Land of the Long White Cloud –  Aotearoa. Travel safe, enjoy and keep the pics flowing for our armchair travelogue!

I am not only angry. I am also galla!

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Knysna Oyster Festival 2014

7 years 10 months ill …

Mental: Advantage ED
Physical: Advantage CBD

* with cold and am cold and weather is cold!
* visits from Sr Gill and Isaac (hospice)
* missed the Grahamstown Festival this year
* cancelled hydrotherapy
* support group meeting for MG and MD
* haircut by Grant
* Sean new phone
* Plett on Fri for Knysna Festival
* Did not walk Knysna Half Marathon
* stayed at festival grounds on Sat
* Braaied with Graeme and Uwe
* Beachwalk at Robberg
* World Cup Final on Sun (backed Argentina but Germany won 1-0)
* Returned to PE on Mon via Storms River Bridge
* Massage with Julian

Another Busy Week

 

7 Years 9 months ill ..

Physical: Advantage ED / Mental: Advantage ED

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I Remember …

… My visit on Tuesday afternoon with Sister Janice from Hospice. Sister Gill is overseas in UK after a boat trip from Cape Town to Southampton. She returns this week.

 

… After Ed is in wEd, I visited Bluewaters cafe, then Aurora for physical caring and hydrotherapy. Evening spent at Moth meeting off Kragga Kamma Rd.

 

… Thursday required some more  mental caring from Rev George Irvine and Isaac, and in the evening with Sean at Maritime Motors for the launch of the new Jeep Cherokee.

 

… Friday was the opening of the new sushi bar at Bluewaters cafe and we had supper sans cellphones! Just the four of us with no outside interference! Also had a tea visit with MND patients Keith Biljon and Dave.

 

… Saturday: missed the fun run at Walker Drive due to the cold at 6am! (5 degrees); rugby Grey vs Dale. Sean ended up reffing Seconds and First on the trot (the Union ref did not arrive for the First Team Game!) In the evening, I attended a fundraiser for Friends of MND at Old Grey.

 

… Sunday early braai at noon with friends that continued until 8pm … fun had by all!

 

… Monday: Aurora; Tuesday: interview for Hospice on PEFM 87.6; haircut; rugby at NMB Stadium – Wales vs Kings

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s Speech in Boston

Like him or not, President Obama remains a great orator! Listen here and read the speech he made in Boston yesterday:

Click on the link below

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10004466/Boston-marathon-bombs-transcript-of-Barack-Obamas-speech.html

Enjoy a good speech and reflect on Life … Run the good race…

Blood, Sweat and Tears – Another Blow to our Freedom

Tuesday 16 April 2013: 6 years 7 months on …

Game ED!

Sunday was a happy day for so many Port Elizabethans – a happy family festive atmosphere.

In near-perfect sublime autumn weather conditions, hundreds of athletes competed in the 9th IronMan contest to be held in the City.

Thousands of spectators headed to the course route and the PE Indian Ocean beach front to witness the sweat and tears of those inspiring athletes.

And as the last of those athletes were crossing the fininshing line in Nelson Mandela Bay, fast forward 24 hours across the world to Massachusetts Bay and Boston on the Atlantic Ocean.

Monday was a happy public holiday, Patriots’ Day, for so many Bostonians – a happy family festive atmosphere.

In near-perfect sublime spring weather conditions, twenty five thousand athletes competed in the world’s oldest annual Boston Marathon.

Half a million spectators headed to the course route to witness the heroics of their friends and family and unknown inspiring athletes – their sweat and tears and this time, after those two cowardly and senseless bombs, also their blood!

Yes – a whole new meaning to and understanding of the saying “blood, sweat and tears”!

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Despite its beauty and attraction, we live in a sick world.

There is so much hurt, heartache and unhappiness. What makes a human being kill his fellow human being, especially when his fellow is only eight years old?

There are so many of us who, despite our illnesses, cling onto life. What for? I sometimes ask myself.

I have just finished reading  The Last Right, the story of Craig Schonegevel’s struggle to live with dignity and his submission to die with dignity.

I can understand that.

The fight for liberty began in Boston – let’s hope that it does not end there. Let’s hope that we will not be beaten.

Let’s hope that Lady Thatcher’s funeral tomorrow runs smoothly with the necessary dignity afforded a human being who gave so much to her country and her world.

Let’s hope that Sunday’s London marathon with 36 000 participants and the Hamburg Marathon will go ahead without further blows and with much circumspection and thought given to those who have lost loved ones and have been injured in Boston.

Let’s continue to Live Life!

Run / Walk in the Park 2013

Thanks all for helping us to help the Beadons.

Michelle Beadon, Laurie Beadon, VeeAnne Falco (PG Glass), Ed Lunnon, Loines Jenkerson (Walmer Athletics Club)

Michelle Beadon, Laurie Beadon, VeeAnne Falco (PG Glass), Ed Lunnon, Loines Jenkerson (Walmer Athletics Club)

Ed Lunnon (Walk/Run in the Park)

Ed Lunnon (Walk/Run in the Park)

Ed Lunnon, Loines Jenkerson

Ed Lunnon, Loines Jenkerson

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2nd PG Glass Ed Lunnon Walk / Run in the Parks 2013

This gallery contains 125 photos.

Thanks to Laurie Beadon for taking these pics (c) and for permission to publish them. 

Requiescat in Pace

Rest in Peace!

©2013 Edward C. Lunnon

Monday 14 January 2013: 6 years 4 months on …

Physical: Deuce / Mental: Advantage ED

Life’s Not  just A Walk in the Park!

Last year on 14 January 2012, Loynes Jenkerson and his Walmer Athletics Club staged the first ED Lunnon Walk/Run in the Parks. The purpose of the occasion was to raise awareness about my illness, corticalbasal degeneration, other neurological illnesses and disabled people and to raise funds for The Lunnon Family Trust – a trust fund that I have established to ensure our future family educational and medical needs are covered.

My wish is that this event will continue – even after my death – to continue the good work that it has begun. I rely on my family, my wife and sons, together with Loynes and his Walmer Athletics Club to ensure that this event remains as a legacy.

And so it was that this year’s event, the PG Glass ED Lunnon Walk/Run in the Park was scheduled for Saturday 12 January 2013.

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We had spent a week in St Francis Bay and were scheduled to return on Friday morning.

On Tuesday morning, I received a note on Facebook about LyallBeadon who had become paralysed after diving into the surf on New Years Day in Port Alfred. I do not know Lyall but knew his Dad from my teaching days at Grey when LaurieBeadon taught at Queen’s College.

I have often spoken about the “double whammie” that illness and accident brings: there is not only the need to deal with the concerns of the illness but there is also the need to deal with the financial concerns that accompany the illness.

And so, after reading about the enormous hospital costs that were involved to get Lyall to East London and then to Port Elizabeth to the AuroraHospital, and for all his future treatment, I realised that the Beadon family had a far greater need than the Lunnon family at this stage.

I decided then and there that this year the profits of the “Parks” event would be donated to the Beadon Medical Fund.

Through Facebook I was able to contact the family. I got permission to talk about the events on our AlgoaFm programme on Wednesday and to make the necessary arrangements for the donation.

I had hoped to meet Lyall on Friday afternoon after our return to Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately, he was not feeling well and I had planned to do so this morning.

However, early this morning I received the tragic news that Lyall had passed away. I am so saddened by this turn of events. Truly, Life is never a Walk in the Park!

My deepest sympathy is extended to the Beadon family.

In the meantime, Laurie and Stacey, his sister, were at the Run on Saturday morning.  I hope all the pictures they took will remain as a reminder of the wonderful occasion.

It was an exciting and electric atmosphere and not even the rain that descended on the prize-giving could dampen the spirits.

My heartfelt thanks go to:

  • Lloynes Jenkerson, Colleen Muller and the Walmer Athletics Club
  • Zolani Runeli and Yvonne Anderson for arranging the disabled section
  • Grey Junior and High School and their staff who assisted and participated
  • PG Glass and the Falco Family
  • Doug Pudney and Gavin Fisher of Frontier Events
  • Alec Riddle and Lance du Plessis
  • Stuart Reece
  • All the sponsors of the prizes
  • The marshals, helpers and traffic officials
  • All the participants
  • The Press and AlgoaFM
  • Anyone else who helped in so many ways

It was truly an occasion where we were

“RUNNING FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T”

RIP Lyall Beadon