Oom Tienie in training
Oom Tienie in training

Tienie van Zyl (83) - a member of Ruyterwacht Senior Centre - has always loved walking.

In 1952 he joined Bellville Athletics Club (he is still their oldest ACTIVE member), and completed his first marathon (42km) in 1958. His did last full marathon only a few days before his 80th birthday!


During his career, Tienie took part in many marathons, and even ultra-marathons. He also took part in the Veteran World Games In 1983.

After surviving his first heart attach 22 years ago, Tienie went through a heart bypass operation, a number of stents, and his fourth pacemaker. 7 years ago, his heart function was between 9% and 16%. Despite this, he maintained his training programme to keep fit for walking.

Nowadays Tienie mostly walks for fun, but wants to complete a half-marathon (21km) annually as a fundraising project for the feeding scheme of Ruyterwacht Senior Centre.

This year, the event takes place on May 16th.

Tienie van Zyl finishes Cape Town Marathon
Tienie van Zyl finishes Cape Town Marathon


Oom Tienie's jacket speaks volumes 

Oom Tienie's jacket speaks volumes

Bellville Running Club Grand Grand Master
Bellville Running Club Grand Grand Master

Ruyterwacht Welcomes:

  • Any food donations
  • Cash donations 
  • Fuel and or vehicle maintenance sponsorship
  • Magazines and books
  • Furniture, bric & brac
  • Clothes
  • Art & craft supplies
  • Outings and experiences


Our Bank Details: 

ABSA Bank Parow

Branch Code: 632005, 

Cheque Acc.Nr: 390169582


All donations (cash as well as in natura) received are tax deductible through a Section 18 receipt issued by Ruyterwacht Senior Centre.

Serving the poor, elderly citizens of the Ruyterwacht community with Christian compassion as well as providing basic support services.