Kids club gets ‘hideout’

2016-11-01 06:00
Children from the Kids Adventure Club celebrate their certificates of participation with guest speaker and sponsor Anthony Hall (in black top) and facilitators at the club in Maitland.        PHOTO: gary van dyk

Children from the Kids Adventure Club celebrate their certificates of participation with guest speaker and sponsor Anthony Hall (in black top) and facilitators at the club in Maitland. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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A partnership for positivity in Maitland is in progress with Maitland High School providing a helping hand to the Adventure Kids Club.

On Saturday the club celebrated its anniversary with a concert and graduation party for some of its members but the biggest excitement was that the celebration was hosted in its new headquarters.

Maitland High School saw the need to give the club, which held its meetings on a field in the area, a venue to host its activities. The school has given the club the use of a hall on a satellite section of the school away from the main buildings.

Founder of the club Maria Strachan was ecstatic with the new development, pointing out that it meant further growth for the club.

“It is indeed a year of great success and achievement to celebrate a day like this,” she says.

“With no venue to meet every Friday it was a battle sometimes, but with the help of our sponsor Anthony Hall of the RAEL Foundation we’ve managed to keep some of the children off the streets and show them a life beyond Maitland.

“I also have to thank Leon Kapp from Maitland High School, my husband Donald and Katy Molensa for their constant support and always being willing to assist.”

She says that the new headquarters mean they can add more activities for club members.

“We have a lot of exciting things planned for next year,” she says.

“One of the major developments is our partnership with the entrepreneurs club at Maitland High School and we want to do more community work like visiting old age homes and clean-up campaigns to teach the children about social responsibility.

“There’s also a plan to teach them a basic first-aid course and, of course, our adventure trips will be the added bonus.

“Now we also want to grow the club and I want parents to send their children to join so that we can keep them off the street and away from the negative influences.

“If we work together we can show them that a positive future is in their grasp if they stay on a positive path.”

V For more information about the club call Maria Strachan on 078 215 2378.

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