Care day

The Athlone gym and line dancing group entertained the community.

About 200 residents came out to support the Crawford Civic Association’s (CCA) care day at the Kromboom Park last Saturday.

Vice chairperson of the CCA, Joan Leukes, said residents had the opportunity to have their blood sugar and blood pressure checked, go for a free massage, and learn about line dancing, among other activities.

There was also entertainment for the children, including face painting, and story telling.

“We are having a care day programme basically to round off the 16 days of anti gender-based violence and to get together and share some family fun. There are lots of free health care services and children’s activities. Today is just about relaxing and preparing for the festive season,” she said.

There were also representatives from different organisations, including Rape Crisis and the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies Club.

Brenda Joshua, a member of the Lions Club in Athlone, said it is important for people to get their health levels checked regularly.

“Diabetes is a fast-growing disease among adults and children. If you know your blood glucose level or blood pressure then you can manage it. High blood pressure is a silent killer so if you know the early signs and symptoms you can change your lifestyle as well. Family history and an inactive lifestyle can contribute to that,” she said.

Ward 49 councillor Rashid Adams encouraged others to take care of their health. “We live such stressful lives and sometimes we forget to look after ourselves and if we are not healthy how are we going to take care of other people,” he said.