Hundreds of kids ride the fun tide

2019-12-17 06:00
Kayaking was one of the main attractions on the day. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Kayaking was one of the main attractions on the day. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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More than 600 children enjoyed aquatic activities during a fun-filled beach day presented at Strandfontein Pavillion last week.

Children from the broader Mitchell’s Plain area, Strandfontein, Pelican Park and even as far as Delft attended the event on Wednesday 11 December. The 9Miles Project, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and the Strandfontein municipal facilities management committee (MFMC), hosted the event.

For at least six hours, from 09:00 until 15:00, children enjoyed kayaking, surfing, beach soccer, volleyball, and many other activities on a rotational basis. They also received food and drinks.

Last week’s event was the second Aqua Day for the year, following a similar initiative in March.

Nigel Savel, 9Miles founder, says they have hosted the event twice a year since 2015.

“The aim is to present the youth with good, structured holiday activities. The youth are not exposed to coastal or aqua activities, so it is important for us to expose them to what the coast has to offer, also Strandfontein Pavilion being a blue flag beach,” says Savel.

“Mentally, it is important for a child to leave their community and to come to something fun, positive and uplifting.”

Savel says the support was overwhelming with the organisation needing to close registration at 600 children for catering purposes.

“The event is definitely growing in popularity and we are going to make it a permanent annual event run in March and December,” says Savel.

Children were divided into groups of 40, rotating every 50 minutes, to enable every child to enjoy all of the activities.

Savel says there were also information sessions hosted by the provincial health department, a tour and display of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) base, a lifesaving and rescue demonstrations and an environmental talk. Savel encourages parents to promote positive holiday activities with their children.

“Plug your children into structured recreational programmes this holiday, instead of your child just being at home with no activity where they can get caught up in the wrong things.

“There are programmes available in the community and parents should please make an effort to take them there,” he says.

More than 600 children enjoyed aquatic activities during a fun-filled beach day presented at Strandfontein Pavillion last week.

Children from the broader Mitchell’s Plain area, Strandfontein, Pelican Park and even as far as Delft attended the event on Wednesday 11 December. The 9Miles Project, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and the Strandfontein municipal facilities management committee (MFMC), hosted the event.

For at least six hours, from 09:00 until 15:00, children enjoyed kayaking, surfing, beach soccer, volleyball, and many other activities on a rotational basis. They also received food and drinks.

Last week’s event was the second Aqua Day for the year, following a similar initiative in March.

Nigel Savel, 9Miles founder, says they have hosted the event twice a year since 2015. “The aim is to present the youth with good, structured holiday activities. The youth are not exposed to coastal or aqua activities, so it is important for us to expose them to what the coast has to offer, also Strandfontein Pavilion being a blue flag beach,” says Savel.

“Mentally, it is important for a child to leave their community and to come to something fun, positive and uplifting.”

Savel says the support was overwhelming with the organisation needing to close registration at 600 children for catering purposes. “The event is definitely growing in popularity and we are going to make it a permanent annual event run in March and December,” says Savel.

Children were divided into groups of 40, rotating every 50 minutes, to enable every child to enjoy all of the activities.

Savel says there were also information sessions hosted by the provincial health department, a tour and display of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) base, a lifesaving and rescue demonstrations and an environmental talk. Savel encourages parents to promote positive holiday activities with their children.

“Plug your children into structured recreational programmes this holiday, instead of your child just being at home with no activity where they can get caught up in the wrong things,” he says.

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