Skatepark drive gets rolling

2017-04-25 06:00
The Eyethu Skatepark online campaign aims to raise funds to give the at-risk youth of Hout Bay a skatepark.

The Eyethu Skatepark online campaign aims to raise funds to give the at-risk youth of Hout Bay a skatepark.

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A local crowdfunding campaign launched early this month was trending in New York by the middle of the month already.

The aim of the Eyethu Skatepark campaign is to build a skatepark for the 9000 children of Hout Bay.

Vicki Scheffel, project coordinator, says: “The Eyethu Skatepark initiative was born from the need to give the at-risk youth of the Hout Bay community a safe space to come together.

“The community as it is, is severely lacking in safe community recreational spaces; we believe that it is important that our youth have such spaces – they can be a creative outlet or a way for kids to find their place.”

The Eyethu Skatepark will be built at an interchange to visually signify the coming together of the diverse community.

With the support of the City of Cape Town, the Hout Bay Rotary Club and Indigo Skate, all the plans are in place for the skatepark by the registered public benefit organisation, if the crowdfunding campaign pays off.

The plan is that the skatepark will also provide after-school training programmes to take children off the streets and onto skateboards for an unconventional learning experience.

“We have found that skating has enormous benefits such as constant learning, building friendships, staying physically active, bridging the gap between diverse backgrounds, developing leadership skills, exposure to positive rolemodels and, most importantly, having fun,” says Scheffel.

“We need the public to come together now and donate to our cause – to help us create a skatepark that will connect, integrate and empower the youth of Hout Bay. With your help, Eyethu could become South Africa’s biggest publicly funded community project. It would also serve as a template for other grassroots initiatives to follow, in their own pursuit of envisioning, funding and creating their own public spaces.”V For more information visit the crowdfunding campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/eyethu-skatepark-community.

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