Interest piqued by hike

2016-04-05 06:00
The group of Kannemeyer Primary pupils completed a hike in the Silvermine Nature Reserve during March.

The group of Kannemeyer Primary pupils completed a hike in the Silvermine Nature Reserve during March.

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A group of Kannemeyer Primary pupils enjoyed a field trip recently when they visited the Silvermine Nature Reserve.

The 20 pupils visited the site on Saturday 19 March after it was made possible by the Boskabouter Foundation and Mountain Club SA.

The purpose of the outing was to compare life’s obstacles and the challenges that young people face with a hike. The intention was to show that one should not give up, because you never know how close you are to achieving your goal.

The trek, which was met with excitement from the group, lasted three and a half hours.

Pupils gave their feedback on the trek saying how they appreciated the experience.

Tara Abrahams (12) said she loved being outdoors.

“I love the beauty of nature and the outdoor life and would do this again in a heartbeat. The exciting part for me was climbing up the rocks and enjoying the awesome view from the top.”

Tamia Fortune (12) said the adventure entailed made it an unforgettable experience.

“It was the best experience for our learners. The walk was about two to three hours long. We could see Long Beach, Steenberg and Lavender Hill. We had many stops which was kind of irritating because we just wanted to move on. The fun part of the hike was when we reached the dam, where we skipped stones on the water, which was really fun. We also took a lot of photos and a lizard chased us.”

Robin Hope (13) said she learned valuable lessons.

“I have learnt not to give up and not to be scared of the mountains. I enjoyed the hike especially when we started to go higher and further up. When we reached the top I felt so good and proud of myself. We saw a lot of things when we reached the top of the mountain. When we came down from the mountain it felt like we were going to fall down. The hike was the best experience I had in nature and I enjoyed myself tremendously,” Robin enthused.

The Boskabouter Foundation’s founder and director Shaun Petersen funded the entire trip for the day. Petersen, who lives in America, said being from Lavender Hill and understanding that young people from impoverished areas are looking for positive role models, he wanted to do his bit to empower as many youngsters as possible.

The Foundation aims to empower young people from impoverished communities. It uses various types of outdoor activities, like hiking, camping, team building and other adventure activities to help them see how they can overcome their own challenges.

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