Crazy For Walking: The Vista Clinic’s, Happiness HELPS tools 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 travelled 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
Hannetjie had a crazy idea of walking an extraordinary long distance, to support the de-stigmatising of mental illness and to raise awareness around depression in particular, by demonstrating the true meaning of “crazy”. Furthermore: the “Happiness HELPS” tools to mental wellness, developed by Vista Clinic, will be promoted during the initiative, as it can greatly benefit people who struggle with the challenges of depression. “Happiness HELPS” will be shared with communities along the route, as it is an easy-to-follow guide to improving emotional wellbeing for everyone!