Adventures show ‘someone cares’

2016-04-26 06:00
Maria Strachan (with the cap) gathering with some of her young charges for the Friday outing of the Maitland Adventure Kids Club. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Maria Strachan (with the cap) gathering with some of her young charges for the Friday outing of the Maitland Adventure Kids Club. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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An adventure club in Maitland is on a mission to guide children to a positive path in life.

This is the dream of Maria Strachan, a resident who knows which way the wrong road can lead.

She explains she started the Maitland Adventure Kids Club to show children they must look beyond disadvantaged circumstances to find their proper positive potential in life.

“I was led astray from a very young age because there was nobody to guide me to see the potential in myself,” she says.

“Now I am clean and passionate about giving the children in this area (surrounding the M5 business park) a chance to have a different outlook and how they can become anything in life to make a positive contribution to their community,” she says.

“It’s about teaching them respect, discipline and moral values that is sometimes lacking in their homes.”

Maria adds that the idea came about when she started involving children from the area in their family outings.

“There are many problems relating to drug and alcohol abuse in this area,” she says.

“When my husband and I took our daughter out, we started taking some of them with us, and when I saw the joy on their faces I realised that I have to start something for all of them. Too many of them come from homes where they can’t afford these outings and I realised the best would be to start an adventure club. This shows them somebody cares and how they should care about themselves.”

The club meets every Friday in the park next to the business park but Maria points out they have been on a few outings that included the Liesbeek River and the swimming baths, but she needs helps to expand their activities.

“Each month we go on an outing and I have some sponsors who support me, but we will welcome any donations from the community.

“At the moment we walk to where we want to be or take public transport – we are an adventure club, after all – but we would really love sponsorship for a bus or taxis to help us go further,” she says.

“I have to thank the people who are helping – that includes my husband, Donald – along with friends like Anthony Hall, Karina Morgenson, Jo-Ann Scheepers, Octavia Adams and my mentor, Angie Nkebana.

“These are people who believe we must do something to show the children there is a better life beyond the negative influences around them.”

V For more information contact Maria on 078 215 2374.

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