By Juliano Oliveira
A brand-new walking group specifically for the visually impaired and blind public has taken the paths of Southbank.
Departing at 9 am from the ABC shop at the end of Russell Street, the “Our Walking Group” led by Anne Hyslop, 69, travels a 5 km path in Southbank every Thursday. The arrival is crowned with a cafe and conversation among friends.
Southbank route was strategically chosen, given its friendly-route and alternative paths.
“I was talking with a friend of mine who is also totally blind, and we discussed how bored you were at home for the last 12 months. We could neither get out our get any exercise,” Ms Hyslop said.
“We can get out or socialise enough unless we are working or studying. This is an independent way to get exercise; it is a combination of the social aspect of exercising and getting out of the house.”
Three sighted volunteers currently accompany all walks with the participants. Ms Hyslop says that more volunteers would be more than welcome.
“Obviously, we are looking for some more [volunteers]. It is just for our safety if we have to cross a road or in case we have obstacles on the way.”
Ms Hyslop is eager to increase the number of participants. If you are interested, just emailed her at email@example.com.
The walking practise is known for increasing cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness; reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke; and improving the management of conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes.