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The Western Cape Commandery’s Pilgrimage of Love and Hope again this year spent much of National Heritage Day (24th September) walking the kilometres necessary to visit churches and cathedrals across the wider Christian community, from Observatory through Woodstock to the City Bowl.

Joining the group were friends and family on a calm very sunny day with little traffic to impede progress.

The objective of the pilgrimage was to create an awareness of the historic plight of those in the areas walked through, who were the victims of forced removals in the past; as well as destined to be a spiritual journey for those taking part.

Funding was raised through a prior, very successful Quiz Evening and a small entrance fee for walkers (a packed lunch and a small, locally-made, bead pilgrim’s cross was provided) with the surplus money going to Providing a Tailwind Project.

PROVIDING A TAILWIND aims to give teenage girls living in extreme poverty and who have dropped out of school, the support they need to regain their balance and develop confidence and skills, so that they can return to school, find employment, enter appropriate training or assist the community. They do this by creating support groups and have developed a six-month programme based on the pilot group who we have gotten to know. www.girlsmatter.co.za

Most interesting was the wonderful welcome offered by the chaplains, priests and - if there - bishops in each place of worship and a presentation was made on the history, relics and spiritual relevance of the building and the community that worships in these holy places.

Lunch was taken quickly in the shade of a tree with a Table Mountain backdrop.

Support was on hand if needed, care of a support vehicle from the St John’s

Ambulance Brigade.