Holiday club growing in Lotus River

2018-12-18 06:00

More than 80 children between the ages of seven and 17 descended on St Augustine’s Anglican Church in Lotus River on Thursday 13 December for the start of the church’s school holiday programme.

The church is playing host to a holiday programme until Thursday 20 December. Various community organisations have banded together to assist the programme, which is a holiday club run every school holiday.

Church warden Iris Williams is grateful for the assistance.

“We are very thankful to 3M, who is cooking in the kitchen of Meals on Wheels in Plumstead. They have come to share what they have made with the children here at the holiday club,” she said.

Williams said on Thursday that the first few days of the programme are not too intense, with the children still easing into the holiday season after completing a long school year.

“All children are welcome because we run a programme with them. Today, being the first day, we did a lot of free play to see who is going to come. We also go to the library, community centre and we come here, but our focus is on the children between seven and 17. We will cover topics such as bullying. We will look at self-esteem as well as other educational programmes. Next week we hope to have the police here to have a look at gangsterism and violence so they can know all the things and empower them to be safe during the holidays,” she said.

While the programme is funded by the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and is supposed to be limited to a certain number of children, Williams said it is difficult to turn children away who want to be part of the club.

“We have just under 100 children today. We are about 85. We are supposed to be catered by the holiday programme, because the programme is funded by the Department of Community Safety and they want us to have 50 children every day for the next five days, but we can’t, because we take in whoever and can’t turn them away,” said Williams.

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