How did L2L Start?
The event started as a cancer walk in 2006 for those who had suffered from, or lost family or friends to the disease. Twenty six women from Hermanus hiked for five days from Struisbaai to Hermanus, carrying their daily provisions and traversing a sparsly inhabited area of the southern coast. These adventurous women set-up camp along the route on the coast each night, with a bakkie as back-up to transport their tents and camping equipment. R10 000 in funds were raised for CANSA Hermanus that year. “We even shook tins in the streets of Gansbaai to collect donations and to raise awareness – just like students,” O’Nel remembers.
The following year, 2007 the distance was shortened to 100km over 4 days and 3 nights, the distance between the lighthouses at Agulhas and Danger Point and so the route was established. The rest is ‘her’story.