A safer school holiday

2018-04-10 06:00
Shaqoer Erasmus (8) at the crease.

Shaqoer Erasmus (8) at the crease.

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Around 800 children have been kept safe and off the streets thanks to a week-long holiday play project.

The Eastridge Walking Bus Come and Play was held from Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 16:00 in Eastridge, Beacon Valley, Tafelsig and Lentegeur, attracting around 200 children per day.

Indigenous games such as nekkies, kennetjie and agose accompanied twister, dodge ball, chess and other board games, as well as soccer, netball and cricket among others.

Warda Cay, chairperson of the walking bus, says the initiative has been running for almost a decade.

“We have been doing the Come and Play for nine years. There is a mix of old and new equipment. The Department of Community Safety donated to the initiative and we used it to buy snacks and paint and other things needed for the initiative,” she says.

They were inspired to start the initiative in response to reckless driving in the area.

“There are 120 children in my street alone and some drivers have no respect for the road. I understand that the roads are not for the children but it is school holidays and the children will play in the streets. My aim is to take them away from the streets and give them a place to play and be safe for the day,” she says.

The initiative is run every holiday and some weekends and Cay says they are in need of donations. These include snacks for the children and various play equipment, among other things.

“We always need face paint, snacks and sporting equipment. People do not need to donate cash, but if they would like to, we do need to pay for transport,” she says.

For the June holidays, Cay says she hopes to find an indoor venue.V To donate, call Warda Cay on 076 792 3914.

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