CPF hosts first swimming gala

2016-04-19 06:00
The Athlone Community Policing Forum held its first swimming gala at the Athlone swimming pools last week.

The Athlone Community Policing Forum held its first swimming gala at the Athlone swimming pools last week.

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The Athlone Community Policing Forum (CPF), in partnership with the City of Cape Town, hosted their first “learn to swim fun gala” earlier this month. The swimming programme has been running throughout the summer months, concluding in the gala.

The areas represented were Bokmakierie, Kewtown, Park Town and Sonneblom. Participants of the event ranged between the ages of eight and 18 years.

“We started this initiative last year, but had to postpone due to end-of-year examinations. We then continued with the program in February this year. Unfortunately we had to move our date (for the gala) which made it a bit difficult with all the kids being on holiday to their families and grandparents,” said Francina Doe, a member of the Athlone CPF.

She said the number of children expected to take part in the event was supposed to be in the region of 120 children, but due to the holidays, on the day of the event, they had only around 70.

“The weather played along and we had a fantastic day. We would like to thank the City of Cape Town and Faeek Peck and staff for the use of their facility and all their help to make this event a success,” she added.

Aziza Kannemeyer, chairperson of the Athlone CPF, addressed the event with Anne Siroky running proceedings with the help of Elroy Lindsay. The City’s disaster risk management department provided volunteers for the gala to ensure that the event was run smoothly. Doe said this was not the end of the programme in the area.

“We will be having our next fun swimming gala soon, so watch this space. Thank you all from the CPF project planing team,” she said.

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