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Event details



When:
24 February 2018

Time:
09:00 - 13:30

Where:
Wynberg Girls High School

Beneficiary:
Capricorn Primary School

Volunteer:
Interact Group - Wynberg Girls & Boys High School

Wynberg Sports Day!



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 FunDay.

10 Students from the Interact Committee at Wynberg Girls & Boys High School spent over 4 hours of planning sessions, working with the Sisanda team to design a sports themed FunDay for their beneficiary group, Capricorn Primary School.

We were extremely excited to welcome 35 learners from Capricorn on Saturday 24th February, to work with 20 young volunteers at Wynberg Girls High School. We were lucky enough to be supported by an additional 15 young volunteers from both high schools who assisted with setting up, leading games, first aid & technical support.

The children’s faces were full of smiles and excitement when they arrived at the hall led in by our bouncing Activity Leaders Bonga & Thuli! Our volunteers created a welcoming tunnel for everyone to walk under before handing out their beautifully bright and colourful Sisanda t-shirts.

The Interact planning team decided to start their Connect day with a dance warm up led by 2 brilliant dance leaders from Wynberg Girls. All the children and volunteers gathered round in a large circle to loosen up and get moving! With lots of laughter and a few dancing stars, the whole group really seemed to enjoy themselves, even though some of the boys were very much out of their comfort zones! This didn’t stop anyone having fun and getting involved, which is what Connect is all about!

With support from our fantastic Sisanda team, we paired each volunteer with 2 children for the day, and then grouped everyone into 3 teams. Once team names were chosen, team photographs were taken and everyone was briefed on the activities; it was play time!

Activities for the day included netball, run by 2 volunteers from WGHS netball team. We took the groups outside onto the courts to learn some basic rules and skills of netball, with a fun gladiator game at the end. Each child had the opportunity to earn ‘funny money’ to then spend at the sweet shop during the break. 3 young lads from WBHS football team led some brilliant activities on the astro turf including dribbling, relay races and a penalty shoot out. The astro area was definitely a favourite for the day, with music pumping and a great energy between the children, volunteers and activity leaders! Again, each child could earn ‘funny money’ throughout the activity to then spend on treats for themselves and their team. Our final activity was held inside for some quiet time to sit and catch their breath, decorating cake boxes, icing biscuits and then decorating cupcakes to take home. The inside hall was such a calming space for the children to return to, with quiet music and some time to enjoy with their volunteer. Each child took such care & pride with their creations, it was lovely to see them working so carefully.

Having different activity spaces provided a variety of atmospheres for the children, which in turn gave everyone a chance to shine and enjoy playing with their buddies. There was such focus with the netball and a real feeling of being part of a team, whereas the football area was packed full of energy and competition.

A truly special touch for the day was the prize giving organised by the Interact committee. With funds raised earlier in the week, we were able to provide each child with a fantastic goodie bag filled with a skipping rope, tennis ball, colouring book, crayons, and various other treats. Each volunteer took some time throughout the day to write a special card for their allocated children and were asked to come up and read it out to the group, they then presented their children with a goodie bag. This part of the day gave each child the chance to shine and be celebrated for who they are and what they have to offer, everyone listened beautifully and were eagerly awaiting their turn!

When we thought the day couldn’t get any better, it was time for lunch where a huge pile of pizzas arrived from Panarotti’s. After such a busy morning, we certainly needed some time to regroup and refuel. A huge thank you to The Spur Foundation for sponsoring our lunch, we needed that extra boost of energy to finish the day and send the children home with a full tummy.

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 raising over R700 in their cake sale to contribute towards the goodie bag treats.

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 Bonga & Thuli for your ongoing support at our Connect events, we couldn’t do it without your time and energy. Thank you also to Josh for photographing our day, he really managed to capture some special moments for us to remember.

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