Project makes fun inclusive

2016-09-07 06:00
AT the 17th Gariep Arts Festival held in Kimberley, Florence Hitchcock (7), a gr. 1 learner of the Staats Primary School, was one of the beneficiaries in the 1 000 Kids Project. The children were treated to free entrance and free rides, as well as a meal and sweet treats at the festival. Numerous businesses and non-governmental organisations assisted in making this ­possible.  Photo: Emile Hendricks

AT the 17th Gariep Arts Festival held in Kimberley, Florence Hitchcock (7), a gr. 1 learner of the Staats Primary School, was one of the beneficiaries in the 1 000 Kids Project. The children were treated to free entrance and free rides, as well as a meal and sweet treats at the festival. Numerous businesses and non-governmental organisations assisted in making this ­possible. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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AT least 1 000 children of disadvantaged backgrounds in Kimberley could enjoy activities at the 17th Gariep Arts Festival, held from Thursday (01/09) to Sunday (04/09) this year.

These children gained free entrance to rides on Thursday and Friday (02/09), received a food packet from @Macs, ice cream sponsored by one of the stalls, Don Tarloff, and a goodie bag including a packet of sweets by OFM.

The initiative was part of the festival’s 1 000 Kids Project, which the organisers started working on a few months before the festival.

“We contacted many institutes and schools in and around Kimberley to find out if there were less fortunate children and special needs children who would enjoy a day of fun at the festival,” explained Megan Bindeman, administration and marketing officer of the festival.

“We just tried to get as many institutes and schools involved as possible.”

According to Bindeman, this year they tried contacting institutes they had not been in touch with in the past and also tried to create a balance by including mentally disabled people from Yonder.

“We sent out letters to the considered institutes wherein they confirmed whether they wanted to be a part of the project or not.”

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