|IN OUR MAY EDITION:|
We just got selected as an official partner of the ABSA CAPE EPIC 2017 – 2019…. Yes we were a beneficiary in the past, but the stakes have been raised and there are now only 4 main charities involved, of which the Anna Foundation is one! As if that wasn’t enough good news, we have also been selected as the official charity of the 2016 OUTsurance KFM Gun Run… And yes, also part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon… now who said a little charity like ours can’t make a BIG impact!. :)
Of course as the leader of this outstanding charity, surely I need to walk the talk. Any takers to join me in a triple challenge? #RunWithMe: Cape Town Marathon (September 2016), Gun Run Half (October 2016) and Two Oceans Ultra (April 2017). All for a good cause! - Who's with me?!
And on the educational front, the laptops we’ve placed in all our after school projects continue to be a huge hit. The children get so engrossed in the educational games that they don’t even realise they are doing sums or learning to spell. :) Assessments are around the corner next month and we look forward to noting improvements and progress over the past 6 months….
3 R's News: Reading, Running, Righting
READING (Literacy/Numeracy): A retired teacher once said: “Working with children is like baking a cake; one should mix the ingredients in a creative way to guarantee successes”. Our “ingredients” this month have been the strategies, activities, games and resources that facilitators have learned during the monthly training sessions and applied in the classroom. Their creativity has been inspiring. It is exciting to walk into a class and observe children practice spelling from the worksheets, playing the ‘Fishing Game’ with new vocabulary, alphabetising, building and writing words, and also tackling grammar activities - all additional, well thought-out activities linked to the education worksheets.
RIGHT-ING (Life skills through drama): In this drama game the children have to work in three's. The first child must present to the group 'what' they are and the other two must add on to the first child to complete the picture. Just look at their confidence »
Bike Project Revamp Underway
Our bike programme is about to “re-launch” in an exciting way at Buffet Olives farm (Paarl). Next door, Eckhardt Kühn works as the ‘Adrenaline Activities Coordinator’ at Cascade Manor! In addition to biking, Eckhardt also builds MTB trails and some of them have been used for some top, national riding events! Between Eckhardt’s passion for biking, desire to coach and share his skills, and our work with the Buffet Olives children we have found a viable, long-term solution to the bike project. With absolute commitment from Eckhardt, Cascade Manor and Buffet Olives' farm manager John, we’re good to go!
Buffet Olives has provided land onto which Eckhardt will build a pump track, with the help of both the children and their parents. The bikes will still be used as a reward and not a right, and always under Eckhardt’s supervision. There’s a secure workshop for storage, maintenance and checking in/out of the bikes, and Eckhardt will coach the children on a Friday afternoon with a group ride on the weekend. The first step is to purchase new bikes (the current bikes are 6 years old and very ‘well ridden’)! Watch this space… but first take a look at this cool clip that Eckhardt put together which explains things perfectly » He is a perfect match!
Our Current Needs
We thought we'd keep you abreast of our current needs so if you can help, if you know of someone who can or if you have any possible contacts we can approach, please email Carolyn or call 021 - 885 1922...
- Warm clothing (primary school sizes) - jackets, jerseys, pants, socks etc.
- Sponsorship for waterproof winter jackets
- Laptops in working order
Thank you for all the support this month!