Interns from Netherlands show they care

2019-06-04 06:00
St Mary’s RC Primary’s soccer team thanks the College of Cape Town interns from Netherlands for their donation of a sport kit. PHOTOs: Racine Edwardes

St Mary’s RC Primary’s soccer team thanks the College of Cape Town interns from Netherlands for their donation of a sport kit. PHOTOs: Racine Edwardes

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The St Mary’s RC Primary School soccer team was ecstatic as they received their first soccer kit from visitors to the country.

On Friday 24 May, interns from Koning Willem College in the Netherlands, who were at the College of Cape Town in the Education and Training portfolio, donated a sports kit to the soccer team at the primary school in Retreat.

“The kids are excited that we have a kit and we are so grateful. What was amazing to see was these young girls, when they arrived here, and they immediately started playing with the kids and showed they care,” says facilitator of the partnership and teacher at the school, Theo Brauns.

Campus manager, Melody Marescia, explained how it came about that the interns; Madelief Siepel, Mara van der Leeden, Amber Ackermans, Luna Mestrom, Mechje de Haan and Lieke Aberson were able to make the donation.

“This is an initiative from six students from Koning Willem College in the Netherlands, who have come to do a three-month internship which takes place every year. What these students did was start a Facebook page and asked their friends and family to donate money for the kits,” said Marescia.

The Facebook page provided a platform for their online communities to reach out and send them the monetary donations and while this may have been a kind gesture on behalf of the six students, they say it would not be possible without the support from all the people at home.

Aberson says: “It was important for us to give them something and to help other people.”

School principal Karen Hamman was grateful for the donation and was eager to see how the new kit would affect the players’ morale ahead of their next games.

She says: “They (interns) weren’t here long, but they saw a need and they responded. Someone invited us to a Safe School tournament last year for soccer and then I became aware that the children had no kit, but I know with this kit they are going to win their next school tournament.”

De Haan adds that they felt privileged to be part of the process of empowering the team.

“When you give something attention it will grow. Now they will learn with each other and have fun with each other,” she says.

One of the learners, Luke Dixon, who received his new kit is grateful for the donation. “I feel so proud that I can join the team because I always wanted to join the team and I like the new kit,” he says.

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