Youth explore wrecks along coastline

2017-09-26 06:01
About 60 children and adults from all over Mitchell’s Plain went on a hike in Noordhoek on Sunday 17 September.

About 60 children and adults from all over Mitchell’s Plain went on a hike in Noordhoek on Sunday 17 September.

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More than 40 children from all over Mitchell’s Plain got the opportunity to see a shipwreck on Noordhoek Beach when they accompanied a local youth development group on an educational hike.

The group was selected from organisations working in Mitchell’s Plain and came from Searidge Park, Tafelsig, Lentegeur, Harmony Village, Colorado Park and Eastridge among other areas.

Searidge Park Youth (S.P.Y.), in partnership with the Hikers’ Network, organised the trip on Sunday 17 September, says secretary and events coordinator, Moulana Fagmie Solomons.

“There were 46 children and 17 adults in total and we went to Noordhoek Beach and hiked to the SS Kakapo shipwreck under the leadership of the Hikers’ Network,” says ­Solomons.

The 8km hike along the beach ended off at the 665- ton shipwreck of a schooner rigged steamship.

This is but one of the many activities planned by the organisation, says chairperson Rafeedah Isaacs.

“Adventure hiking is only one of S.P.Y.’s outdoor activities, but the hikes are aimed at educating our youth and showing them the mountains that they are being taught about in geography, life orientation and history at school. On this hike we saw two mountains – Karbonkelberg and Sentinel – [which are] two street names in Mitchell’s Plain,” says Isaacs.

The second aim is to educate the youth about nature conservation, says Isaacs.

The Searidge Park-based organisation was established in 2015 but only officially registered this year.

“[The organisation was started to] develop the youth of Mitchell’s Plain and show them that there is a brighter future out there,” says Isaacs.

The organisation centres itself on life skills and other activities to keep the youth occupied and entertained.

Some of these activities include camps, water activities, swimming lessons, drug abuse awareness, woman and child abuse awareness, and bullying awareness ­programmes.

They further promote positive activities through sport and keeping the youth active.

“Anyone can get involved,” says ­Solomons.

“These activities can only become a reality with the help of the community and financial assistance from business owners.”

The organisation also recently started a feeding scheme where they serve porridge in the morning to children who are on their way to school

“Unfortunately this is not a continuous programme due to lack of ingredients and funds.”

V For more information, to donate or to get involved with the organisation, call Solomons on 062 145 2331 or email spyouth786@gmail.com.

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