Surfing with their own gear

2016-11-29 09:18
These children got a boost for their surfing lessons organised by the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project after a donation of ten new surfing boards and wetsuits. In the picture Terry Lancaster of the Rotary Club of Newlands shares in the excitement as the club hands over surfboards.

These children got a boost for their surfing lessons organised by the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project after a donation of ten new surfing boards and wetsuits. In the picture Terry Lancaster of the Rotary Club of Newlands shares in the excitement as the club hands over surfboards.

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Days of borrowing surfboards and wetsuits for the children in the surfing programme of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project are over.

The non-profit organisation received a much-needed boost for its surfing programme from the Rotary Club of Newlands recently. Now the participating children can look forward to surfing lessons on ten new surfboards and with wetsuits, permanently bought for their own use, thanks to donations from the Liberty Wharf Trust.

Lucinda Evans, founder of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Project, says they are very grateful for the donation.

“The surfboards were much-needed for our children who use them for the therapeutic programme. The programme is a year old and we have been borrowing from our partners. We are glad that we don’t have to borrow anymore as we now have our own equipment,” she says.

To support the programme, the Rotary Club of Newlands also donated wetsuits to be used for swimming and surfing lessons.

The NGO works with local children, women and elderly people who are victims of abuse. Through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Newlands, the NGO’s corporate sponsor, the Liberty Wharf

Trust, was approached to make the donation of ten surfboards. The imported surfboards are made of a softer material which helps to protect the children from getting injured should they get hit by a board while learning to surf.

Terry Lancaster of the Rotary Club of Newlands says: “Our aim is to get these children out of negative environments on a regular basis so that they can see that there are places free of abuse and good people who have their best interest at heart.

“The Rotary also makes an effort of exposing the children to a different environment outside their community which is rife with drugs and gangsterism.

“The main objective is to get these children out of harm’s way through regular physical exercise. Not only do these activities create a stimulating environment for the children but they also learn about the importance of exercising and staying healthy.”

To ensure that the children are safe while travelling to Muizenberg beach, the Rotary Club of Newlands fitted new tyres on the car that transports the children and also took the car through a routine safety check. The club hopes to get other sponsors to donate more surfing boards and a trailer to transport the boards.

Children in this programme will be travelling twice a week to the beach for their lessons.

“We would like to thank Liz Benninger for introducing us to such a worthwhile project and the Liberty Wharf Trust for joining us and sponsoring the first surfboards. This has been an exciting project to be involved in.

“Seeing the faces of these children light up when we showed them the new surfing boards was priceless. It is fulfilling to know that, in a small way, we are making a difference in their lives and help shaping their future,” says Lancaster.

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