Foundation keeps giving

2019-06-11 06:01
Some of the children taking part in the holiday programme.

Some of the children taking part in the holiday programme.

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Yes We Can Sport and Jazz Foundation at Oude Molen Eco-Village in Pinelands has over the years become a safe haven for children as well as a place to nurture jazz talent.

With the school holidays around the corner, the foundation will be abuzz with activities planned for the youth.

The foundation was started by former head of sport and culture in the province, Rod Solomons, to give children a safe space.

It was started about five years ago and since then many talented people have come through their doors, and children have enjoyed fun-packed holiday programmes on their premises.

Solomons says after he retired he had to do something to give back to the community and for him, there was no better way to do this than to combine the two things close to his heart – sport and jazz.

Children from all over the country come to the foundation where they are fed breakfast and lunch while they participate in various programmes planned for the day. The foundation uses a booking system to be able to accommodate everyone that needs to make use of their facilities and they make sure that they have an equal number of boys and girls.

“We do a lot of things, from sport camps, education and we are also more focused on the development of the child. We have social workers, traffic officers, puppeteers that come and educate as well as entertain those that come to the programmes,” he says.

Apart from having hosted successful holiday programmes over the years, they also take pride in showcasing jazz talents from different area.

They host school jazz bands, jazz artists and everything else in between. The idea for this is to give a platform and exposure to local jazz artists.

“The idea is to really make a difference in the lives of other people. Also, we aim to showcase and preserve the jazz heritage. We host a lot of jazz artists and give a platform were people come to our jazz events,” he says.

Solomons admits that through the programmes that they offer, transformation in children has been immense.

“Children have become more confident. They have something to look forward to and each time they come to the foundation there is someone to look up to and talk to,” he says.

Solomons believes everyone has to do their bit to help. “My sense is we must do a small little bit. Our focus is mainly on children aged between 10 to 14.

“This is a fairly vulnerable group. If we catch them at this age they are sorted for life that is why we do our best to keep them busy,” he says.V For more information visit their website on www.yeswecansportandjazz.com

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