Club feeds the hungry

2019-08-20 06:00
The Dolphins Netball Club hosted its first feeding scheme at the Stephan Reagan sports complex in Westridge on Saturday 17 August. The club fed netball players from the surrounding areas, including children from Tafelsig, Philippi, Khayelitsha, Langa, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Heideveld.

The Dolphins Netball Club hosted its first feeding scheme at the Stephan Reagan sports complex in Westridge on Saturday 17 August. The club fed netball players from the surrounding areas, including children from Tafelsig, Philippi, Khayelitsha, Langa, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Heideveld.

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A community-based netball club, which strives to serve the community not only through sport but through teaching basic life skills, hosted its first feeding scheme in Westridge.

The Dolphins Netball Club fed netball players from the surrounding areas, including children from Tafelsig, Philippi, Khayelitsha, Langa, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Heideveld, at the Stephan Reagan sport complex on Saturday 17 August.

According to Lorna Klein, chairperson of the club situated in Mitchell’s Plain, it aims to teach its members commitment, punctuality, how to be a team player and, most importantly, to lend a helping hand where needed.

“A child in sports is a child out of court,” says Klein.

She says the feeding scheme was a spur of the moment decision and that once it was made, everything fell into place quickly.

“The children became hungry, so the executive took it upon themselves to buy food every week.

“We prepared hotdogs, juice, soup and cold drinks.

“Some adults who also come here are hungry too, so we feed them as well.”

Klein says, with the help of the community and family members of the Dolphins, they were able to feed all the players.

“Our community loves giving. If we can get small businesses on board, we could feed many more children, even the soccer players.

“This new initiative allows children to look forward to sport because they know they will be taken care off,” she adds.

Klein says many of the players’ parents do drugs and it’s important to look after them.

“This is something you must have a passion for and enjoy doing. You have to be observant when it comes to children. We can see some of them are very hungry.”

Vanessa Ceasar, the vice chairperson of the club, says many of the club’s players are from “disadvantaged” areas.

“Some girls don’t have something to eat most days, which is why we started to host a feeding club in the area.”

The Montclaire resident says the club has a positive impact on the community because now these learners can play sport, not only during the week but weekends too.

“The netball club keeps them out of harm’s way. Often there are gang shootings in the area and the children do not always have a safe space to go to.”

Ceasar says the club hopes to host a feeding scheme once a month during the netball season.

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