Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see
- Neil Postman

Event details

10 February 2018

07:30 - 15:00

Muizenberg Beach


Event Comments

"The day was very enriching on many levels. The children had such a maturity and taught me, personally, so much around being selfless and enjoying life regardless of my circumstances. I have never seen such a welcoming group before that were so respectful and open to new relationships. The children were extremely grateful, with one of the boys saying: ‘I’m a lucky boy because all my friends are staying at the home and I’m able to come out and do something.’ Just being able to be part of brightening up these children’s was heart-warming. I think, we often take the small things for granted, but seeing these children enjoy the beach and the goodie bag, was really humbling. " - Micaela Peters

Sun, Sea & Sand

What better way to kick off the Sisanda programme for 2018 than with a Beach FunDay! I’m not sure if you know, but Sisanda’s first ever FunDay event (9 years ago) was a beach day! Whenever we host a day out to the beach we’re reminded of where we started as an organisation, how far we have come over the years and of course how special a simple day like this is for children we work with.

On Saturday 10th February, we had such an incredible day out for 32 children aged 5-14 years old and 2 carers from CANSA TLC programme, supported by 12 Sisanda Volunteers. CANSA TLC is a program for children battling Cancer, as well as the parents and siblings affected by the Cancer diagnosis. CANSA TLC provides emotional support and counseling as well as having various support groups, activity programmes and assistance for families who are struggling financially, and require medical equipment or supplies.

Our new Sisanda project co-ordinators, Lisa-Marie & Micaela welcomed the group from CANSA at Tygerberg Hospital with our beautiful bright and colourful Sisanda T-shirts, very kindly sponsored by Truworths. Once the group was gathered, they had a small breakfast and climbed aboard the Golden Arrow bus to meet our volunteers who were ready and waiting at Palmyra Junction in Claremont.

Once we had collected our volunteers in Claremont, we headed off on our travels to Muizenberg Beach with our Activity Leaders Bonga & Vusi, who helped partner up the volunteers with their allocated children for the day. The bus journey is such a great opportunity for the children and their buddies to get to know each other before they start their FunDay at the beach. Each volunteer is paired up with 2 allocated children for the day to allow them to connect, providing the children with a rare opportunity for some 1:1 time with a positive role model. Our volunteers are therefore given a clear role for the FunDay; supervising, playing and building relationships with their children.

Once we arrived at Muizenberg beach, the children’s faces lit up and were so excited to get changed and head into the water! Our lifeguards Shane & Bev arrived from Western Province Lifesaving Association to supervise the group whilst playing in the ocean – they were very useful as we had some rather daring young boys who loved jumping into the waves and body surfing with the surfers! We had a few children in the group whose energy levels were a little low due to the treatment they’re currently undergoing, so it was perfect for them to sit under an umbrella and enjoy the sounds and smells of the ocean on the sand, with other children making sandcastles around them. The “Shark Spotters” team also got involved with Sisanda and entertained the children with shark themed educational games; they even had beautiful prizes for the winners.

With a very busy group in the water, on the sand, playing beach bats, football and designing mermaid tails, our volunteers certainly had their work cut out for them!
Such a special day to celebrate health, life and celebrate what it means to be a child, filling our day with laughter & smiles.

If you thought that was it for the day, then you are mistaken…a highlight of the day as always is our visit to Spur to enjoy lunch together around the table. Rodeo Spur in Claremont welcomed us with open arms, bright smiles, singing and dancing around the restaurant. Each child had a delicious burger meal, balloon and colouring pages to enjoy, as well as some time to sit and relax after a very active morning. Our volunteers looked like they also needed the rest whilst enjoying their lunch alongside their little buddies.

A particular highlight for me was seeing the change in the children throughout the course of the day. It’s always a very quiet morning as they aren’t sure what to expect from us, however once they arrived at the beach their faces just lit up and expressed pure joy and happiness. All our children and volunteers connected so quickly, it felt like they’d known each other for years, not just a day.

The Sun, Sea & Sand FunDay was an extremely special gift for many of the children who attended and their families who are currently affected directly by Cancer. We could not have delivered such a successful day without the wonderful support from Anthea, Carmelita & Sakeena from CANSA TLC, who work tirelessly with these children and have such a beautiful relationship with each and every one.

What a way to start the year!

Please take the time to read through our incredible list of sponsors who made this FunDay happen – thank you all for your support…

Thank you to the Spur Foundation for providing us with 20 caps for the children to wear and enjoy on the beach – providing much need sun protection. Thank you for your ongoing support and allowing us to visit Spur for a nutritious lunch in a safe and friendly space.

Thank you to Truworths for providing us with our beautifully bright and colourful t-shirts, making us stand out from the crowd and allowing us to safely identify the group at all times – extremely important when we are visiting a busy beach!

Thank you to the HCI Foundation for their ongoing support and allowing us physical access to the children and the beautiful city of Cape Town! Being able to take a group of children from Tygerberg Hospital all the way through to Muizenberg was extremely special and memorable for the group.

Thank you to the BodyShop Staff for their various donations of toys and stationary, we were able to give each child a packed goodie bag to take home and enjoy.

Thank you to William for his generous donation of beach umbrellas and sun caps – The orange umbrellas not only gave cooling shade, but gave the weaker children a place of safety, a colourful cocoon and also assisted in marking our location. Thank you for donating 50L of drinking water – with the current shortages, we were extremely grateful for this daontion to ensure the group stayed hydrated throughout the day.

Thank you to CANSA TLC for donating the sunblock for the day – as we were out in the sun for the mornig it was extremely important for us to ensure the children were protected.

Thank you also to our energised Volunteers – we really couldn’t have delivered such an action packed day without you. Volunteers really are the back bone of the work we do so thank you for very generously giving up your time, energy & smiles.

Thank you to the NLC - 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