The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four - of secondary importance is to prepare for being five
- Jim Trelease

Event details

02 October 2017

09:00 - 13:30


iKhaya le Themba, Hout Bay

Zip Zap Circus Mania

We had an incredible day working with Zip Zap Circus Theatre at their brand new training academy in Salt River on Tuesday 3rd October. The new facility is such a beautiful space, purpose built for the Zip Zap team to train and deliver workshops for children & young people.

The Sisanda Team welcomed 28 children from iKhaya le Themba in Hout Bay along with 3 young women from the Sistahood also based in Hout Bay. 19 young volunteers from Wynberg Boys & Girls High Schools supported the group, along with 3 fantastic Sisanda volunteers and 2 Activity Leaders.

Upon arrival at the Zip Zap Academy we were completely blown away by the beautiful, big red building that shouted at us from the street! Having the opportunity to experience and work in such an open, creative space was so inspiring for us, especially when you were surrounded by such a large array of circus equipment.

Our instructors from Zip Zap got the group warmed up by delivering some brilliantly creative games that got the children laughing and interacting with one another, encouraging team work and a little bit of healthy competition! Everyone was laughing and having such fun throughout the warm ups, getting used to the space and one another.

Our circus skills workshop consisted of 5 different stations for the children to work around, supported by our young volunteers and guided by the fantastically skilled instructors from Zip Zap. Trapeze, trampoline, tumbling and juggling were some of the skills that the group explored, really pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and exceeding their own personal expectations. There was such a buzz of energy throughout the workshop, with everyone encouraging each other and having so much fun! We have so many photographs of the group with the biggest smiles on the their faces, creating a really happy environment and a truly memorable day.

Thank you to all our young volunteers from Wynberg Boys & Wynberg Girls High Schools for giving up their time to come and work with the children from iKhaya le Themba. Our volunteers all arrived with bags of energy and set a wonderful example to the children, trying something new and supporting the children throughout each of the activities as positive role models.

A huge thank you goes out to our wonderful volunteers Noelene and Em-J who continuously support our Connect programmes and really put their heart and souls into what they do. Thank you to our new volunteer Lisa who also joined us and was a huge support to the team. Our Activity Leaders Babs & Thuli bring such joy to the Connect days, engaging with the children and helping us organise the day, thank you.

Thank you to The Spur Foundation for sponsoring our food, the Panarotti’s pizza’s arrived just in time to fill some very hungry tummies after an extremely energetic & exciting morning of activities. Being able to send the children home with a full tummy is an extremely valuable part of what we do, so thank you again Spur Foundation.

Our biggest thank you has to go out to Zip Zap Circus Theatre for delivering such a creative, engaging and inspirational workshop. All the instructors were highly trained, professional performers who shared their knowledge with the group and made the session a really fun and happy place.

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.

Pictures from the event