I have so many amazing memories of the day (that I will cherish)!
- Robyn Watters (volunteer)

Event details

06 October 2018

09:30 - 12:30

Iziko Museum

Lourier Primary School

HCI Foundation Alumni

25 Victoria Street, Cape Town

Hooray for Heritage - Funday

Hooray for Heritage Funday!

On Saturday 06 October we celebrated our Heritage with 33 energetic learners from Lourier Primary School in Retreat and over 40 volunteers from the HCI Foundation Alumni. The children led the volunteers on an exploration adventure of the Iziko SA Museum. Guided by treasure maps – (read worksheets) and ancient clues – (read puzzles) the young learners unearthed dinosaurs’ skeletal remains, tracked South Africa’s Big 5 and painted rock art under the stars with the ancestors. Under the watchful gaze of Tata Madiba these “born frees” found a new appreciation for the sacrifices made to secure our democracy.
Everyone was having so much fun learning and exploring that only the lure of delicious Spur burgers and chips could drag the hungry explorers from the Museum and into the Company Gardens where a Spur picnic was enjoyed by the young tomb raiders.

The HCI Alumni used this opportunity to network and share their experience as bursary holders and beneficiaries of the HCI foundation. The Alumni shares stories of their educational success and struggles upon leaving school, as well as the wealth opportunities out there for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue higher education. This served as a valuable exchange giving the young learners new insights into what awaits them once they leave school. The HCI Foundation encouraged their Alumni to continue to give-back and to serve as mentors for the next generation of up and coming young South Africans.

Re-fuelled by delicious Spur lunch and inspired by their volunteer/mentors all it took was a soccer ball to get an enthusiastic game of soccer going on the magnificent green lawns of the Company Gardens, with the more sedate youngsters opting to feed the squirrels – a time honoured tradition in Cape Town. There was just enough time for a quick exploration of the Gardens, before the learners from Lourier Primary were back on the bus exhausted but inspired by the legacy of those who came before them.

This amazing day would not have been possible without the enthusiastic HCI Alumni volunteers and the continued support of the HCI Foundation, the transport provided by Golden Arrow Bus Services, the delicious burgers of the Apache Spur and the Full Tummy Fund for keeping our adventurers energised for learning , and finally to the amazing teachers of Lourier Primary who do a wonderful job of teaching and engaging these young minds throughout the year.

*The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.

Pictures from the day