Fest to help pay for transport

2019-02-19 06:00
Leah Mathers during one of Zip Zap’s performances PHOTO: Joan Ward

Leah Mathers during one of Zip Zap’s performances PHOTO: Joan Ward

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Zip Zap Circus Fest is coming to your doorstep on Saturday 23 February from 10:00 to 17:00, in aid of the dire state of transport at Kronendal Primary School in Hout Bay.

This is one of the three annual fundraisers by the school to help raise funds to pay for two purchased minibuses.

The buses were delivered to the school last week, replacing the two old minibuses which Nathan Lavendal of the school says were no longer safe to transport their learners.

He says the school has 380 learners relying on scholar transport for various extramural activities.

Most of their learners come from disadvantaged backgrounds in the communities of Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay Valley and the surroundings.

“There are many children at Kronendal Primary who would otherwise not be able to participate in sport and cultural activities of the school if the school didn’t have its two minibuses. The current buses are too old and have had to be replaced at great expense to the school to meet the safety standards required to transport children. The school is now raising funds to offset the cost of these buses. One of the most important issues to overcome in education is giving all children equal access, and by offering transport to all the children it means they can all equally enjoy the competitive sports experiences, educational outings and cultural events.”

According to Lavendal, the school’s extramural activities include choir festivals; maths competitions; outings to the Planetarium, the Slave Museum and Robben Island as well as to sports matches for soccer, hockey, netball, rugby, cricket and swimming galas.

Each of the new minibuses reportedly cost R400 000 and the circus aims to raise R50 000.

Lavendal says Kronendal is also reaching out to corporates that may be willing to assist in sponsoring a part of these minibuses in return for branding on the buses.

“Let us inspire you to do great things” adds Brigette Fell, event manager at Zip Zap.

So be part of the audience and enjoy three shows and the day of fun-filled festivities, including rides, games and food stalls.

Children can buy tickets for the wipe-out sweeper, rocket launcher, dart soccer and go-karts, which will be set up in the playground, or try their hand at Tombola or the Big Balloon Pop where they stand a chance to win prizes.

V Circus tickets are R55 from quicket.co.za (plus a R5 admin fee) and R70 at the door on the day. Food and games tickets will be sold at the event. Visit www.kronendal.co.za

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