Locals explore the great outdoors

2018-02-20 06:00
About 55 children and 20 adults from Hanover Park were participated in the environmental hike.

About 55 children and 20 adults from Hanover Park were participated in the environmental hike.

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The Alacardo Andrews Foundation (AAF) took 60 children and adults from the Hanover Park community to experience a hike and environmental tour last Saturday. The excursion was also the launch of Hanover Park Enviro Hiking Club initiated by organisation founder Avril Andrews and Anwaaz Bent from Hikers Network Hiking Club.

Andrews says her goal to restore hope and unity in the community she lives in, is finally becoming a reality.

“My goal and that of AAF is to restore community camaraderie, instil hope in the young people’s lives so that their attention may be diverted from gangsterism, crime and drugs, a scourge that is rife in Hanover Park. It is important for people to engage in activities that are stimulating. It is for this reason I decided that Enviro Hiking will be a perfect start where children, adults and families are able to participate,” she says.

“With the assistance of Bent and his team from the hikers club, that became a reality last Saturday. A huge constraint for most people in the community is transport, but the organisation was blessed with a bus to transport the children and adults on the day.”

Andrews says the team aims to host more hikes in the near future under the guidance of Bent, but continue their daily programmes within the community. “We also host children every day at the premises of the founder member’s home in Hanover Park. Children attend an after school program where they are able to express themselves through dance, drama and art. We have also partnered with Hanover Park Library who generously includes the AAF children in their activities – reading competitions, chess challenges and competitions and holiday programs,” she explains.

“We also have a feeding scheme daily from 10:30 until 12:00 where we serve close to 400 meals per day. The organisation has a pillar called Moms Move for Justice where we offer support sessions for moms who have lost their children through gangsterism. We also offer court support and consult with police and justice departments on their behalf.”

Meanwhile Andrews says her plan for the future is to also create programmes to educate children about the dangers in society, facilitate anti-bullying workshops, host regular hikes, children and youth camps and other educational excursions.

V For more information call Avril Andrews on 073 598 4783

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