Kids jump for joy

2017-10-31 06:01
Children from around Hofmeyer Street in Woodstock will now enjoy playing on a trampoline received from the SA Maritime School and Transport College.

Children from around Hofmeyer Street in Woodstock will now enjoy playing on a trampoline received from the SA Maritime School and Transport College.

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The South Africa’s Maritime School based in Woodstock donated a trampoline for the children of Hofmeyer Street on Saturday 21 October.

The R2500-worth play instrument is expected to benefit more than 50 children between the ages of two and 10.

The school trains its students in logistics, shipping, sailing and driving in and off shore. It is reportedly one of the oldest marine schools in Cape Town.

Maritime School spokesperson Alexis Simpson says the school realised a need to give back to the community after observing the challenges the less fortunate children went through to enjoy themselves.

Simpson says: “The owner of the school, Peter Fitt, would come down to Cape Town regularly and he would stand on the balcony and observe the children of our community who are less fortunate. He thought about what we can do as the SA Maritime School and Transport College here in Woodstock. We see them playing with anything they can get their hands on – from tyres with wires attached to playing with discarded litter. We came up with the idea to get them a trampoline which they can have far more fun on ­together. “Jumping on the trampoline is perhaps the best exercise ever devised by man. The simple rhythmic up and down motion due to gravity engages every muscle and stimulates every cell, producing amazing healing and rejuvenating effects. And it is fun,” he says.

He adds that this is the best gift for the children because they are more attuned to their bodies and they jump and skip instinctively. Simpson says the trampoline does not only allow them to play but will also benefit them health-wise as it involves whole body ­movement.

“This was by far the best gift we could think of as the health benefits to the still growing little ones is vital,” he says.

He says they would like the community to be empowered and to feel that being the Good Samaritan is sometimes as easy as seeing what is wrong and helping to fix the problem. They want the children to know there are people who are willing to do what it takes to help them have bright futures.

Kelly Allawieya, a community member, says they are thankful for the donation and the children love it.

She says the trampoline will keep their children busy and away from possible social ills in the community.

Allawieya explains that due to vagrancy and violence taking place in their community, the families have agreed that the trampoline be put outside in the street only on weekends, with the supervision of one of the parents to make sure the children are safe and it does not get damaged. She says the community used to struggle to keep the children entertained and could not afford to provide them with playing equipment suitable for their ages.

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