On Saturday, 11 June 2016, we help our chilliest Youth Beach Day event yet! Our beach day has become an annual event as it is so well received by the community and by the volunteers. The celebration around Youth day is remembering the youth lost in the ending of apartheid and giving some of our underprivileged youth the opportunity to have a real childhood experience. The day at the beach along with the life-skill lesson of beach and water safety from the lifeguards, was such a treat for the kids. This year again we chose to work with the organisation called Key of Hope which works with vulnerable children in 14 different townships in the greater Durban area. They develop leadership in the children. They impact approximately 2,000 children a week through their various programs.
A trip to the beach is a highlight for any child and when we noticed that the weather was not looking good for Saturday we considered alternative plans, but soon realised that for children, especially children who don’t get to the beach, there was no real alternative. We were also concerned that the volunteers would not show up if it was cold. We were pleasantly surprised. Not only did we have plenty of volunteers but the kids even swam!
Charles Khumalo and his team of lifeguards did a great safety briefing. They have a slick operation which goes around rural areas educating the public on watersafety and what to do if you land up in trouble in the water. Their heart is to prevent drowning in our communities.
After dividing into teams the kids began a series of fun games that all encouraged teamwork and communication. We left the swimming off the list of games as we didn’t want to deal with hypothermia, but still the kids found a way to go swim and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The day ended with a meal arranged by Terence Pillay and a goodie bag to take home. Their goodie bag contained a mug, bath scourer, and cap. On top of that, Froggie sponsored a brand new pair of shoes for each of the children who attended! All the games equipment and our lifeguards on duty, were sponsored by Mpact Plastics.
At the end of the day our volunteers were spoilt by the Key of Hope choir singing for us. A big THANK YOU goes out to all who helped out on the day. We appreciate each and every one of you. TO our volunteers, the day could not happen if you didn’t get involved. Terence Pillay and Sandie Rogerson, who did so much behind the scenes to make the day a success, to Charles Khumalo and his team for ensuring the kids safety, to our sponsors, Froggie and Mpact Plastics that enabled us to bless the kids, and to the Key of Hope for the work you do in Durban, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!