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Event details



When:
14 March 2020

Time:
08:00 - 15:10

Where:
Wynberg Girls High

Beneficiary:
Capricorn Primary School

Volunteer:
Wynberg interact club

Olympics at Wynberg Girls High School



Sisanda’s Youth Connect programme aims to connect young volunteers from local high schools with beneficiary children from junior schools in underprivileged communities. We deliver our programme by working closely with a group of young volunteers to plan, fundraise and deliver a mini fun day out.

6 Students from the Interact Committee at Wynberg Girls High School spent hours of planning sessions, working with the Sisanda team to design an Olympic themed Connect day for their beneficiary group.

We were extremely excited to welcome 39 Grade 3 learners from Capricorn Primary School on Saturday 14th March, to work with 32 young volunteers at Wynberg Girls High School. Our volunteers were not only coming along to work with the children but assisted with setting up the activity spaces, leading and instructing the various activities, setting up each space with sound systems and technical support as well as offering first aid assistance.

The children’s faces were full of smiles and excitement when they arrived at the School hall; marching through the entrance. The volunteers created a welcoming tunnel for everyone to walk under before being paired up with two children each as buddies. The whole group was then split into 4 teams for the day.

Our theme for the Connect day was the Olympics as the planning team wanted to focus on sports for the children to enjoy. Activities included yoga, football, gymnastics and musical hoops. All activities were thoroughly enjoyed. Some of the activities are not as accessible at their school such as gymnastics and the equipment was very new to them but they quickly learned the ropes from their volunteer buddies and did very well. The yoga session was so relaxing and you could see the childrens faces just light up as they took some time to be in the moment with no worries, just breathing and truly enjoying themselves.

Having different activity spaces around the School provided a variety of different atmospheres for the children, which in turn gave everyone a chance to shine and enjoy playing with their buddies.

After all the sporting activities, the children gathered around and had a dance off. They really enjoyed getting loose and showing us their dance skills! A special moment in the day was the award giving. Each volunteer wrote a special message for their allocated children behind the certificate that was awarded to each child for their participation of the day that they took home and the messages were truly heart warming for the children to remember their volunteer buddies by.

After a very active morning, the smell of warm pizzas was mouth watering to say the least! Thank you to Dominoes pizza Claremont for delivering the pizzas fast and hot!

Thank you to the HCI Foundation for sponsoring our transport with Golden Arrow, you enable us to access the children and bring them out of their communities to enjoy our Connect events at various locations.

Thank you to Wynberg Girls High School for providing us with a safe & secure space to work in and to the Interact Committee for planning the day.

Thank you to Truworths for sponsoring our fun and bright Sisanda t-shirts, the children absolutely loved them and had such excitement when they were told they could take them home to remember their special day.

Thank you to Noelene, Moeheen & Bonga for your ongoing support at our Connect events, we couldn’t do it without your time and energy. We always need some additional adult volunteers to support the children throughout the day and you were all brilliant.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the volunteers from Wynberg Girls & Wynberg Boys High Schools for giving up their time to volunteer and work with our beneficiary children. The smiles, laughter and energy thrived throughout the day and made it such a special time for everyone involved.

Pictures from the event