Made with love

2018-10-23 15:15
Marcheleno Anthony, Faiek Samodien and Shannon Plaatjies relax before the varnishing of their surfboards.

Marcheleno Anthony, Faiek Samodien and Shannon Plaatjies relax before the varnishing of their surfboards.

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Buying a raffle ticket for R50 would not only allow you to be the owner of a unique handcrafted surfboard. You will also be raising funds to buy a minibus to transport 50 kids from Strandfontein to the clubhouse of the 9Miles Project at Strandfontein Pavilion.

“Currently the kids are walking along Baden Powell Drive every day to get to our clubhouse and it’s time consuming and dangerous and impacts on the productive time that we could be spending with them. Over the past few months, some amazing people have been working very closely to develop a fundraising campaign for us and the raffle is the first step in helping us to raise enough funds to buy the minibus and take more kids surfing and on fun trips,” says Carmen Davids of the 9Miles Project.

The first phase of the fundraising campaign is the raffle which is currently running to win the board which was made by Shannon Plaatjies.

“Raffle tickets have been distributed to various retail outlets and individuals and tickets were also sold on Thursday 4 October at the Gone outdoor store in Cape Town and on Saturday 13 October at the screening of the movie Blue at Kommetjie Primary School. At the moment we have raised R6000 and the cost of a new [minibus] is nearly R700 000,” she says.

The rest of the boards will go to a private buyer, on a silent auction, and one will be on auction at the Wavescape Artboard Auction at the end of November. The total of these initiatives will hopefully be sufficient to buy a minibus for the project,

“Having a larger vehicle would enable us to service our other projects in Elands Bay and St Francis Bay more effectively. The vehicle would also make all our community initiatives like food and clothing drives much easier.

“Four students from the 9Miles Project are making the surfboards and they are Faieq Samodien, Macheleno Anthony, Shannon Plaatjies and Kenzil Hermanus. They were on a week-long course with Patrick Burnett in Scarborough and all four boards were completed in that week. Patrick completed the varnishing and the boards were on display at the Gone store,” Davids says.

The 9Miles Project is grateful to Grant Cleghorn from the Gone store and Bryan Little from Fly on the Wall for driving and documenting the whole process.

“Under the supervision of Patrick these beautiful wooden surfboards were built and one lucky raffle ticket holder can be the owner of Shannon’s surfboard,” she says.

Over the course of the next two months, the boards will be auctioned, sold and raffled in a mammoth effort to raise money for the minibus. One of the boards will be auctioned at the Wavescape Art Board Auction, one is on sale in the Gone store and one is up for grabs in the raffle.

“We will add other outlets where tickets are on sale at the end of October, but you can also purchase a ticket directly from us by contacting info@9milesproject.org, or 082 997 8754 or 021 393 0436. All you have to do to get in the draw is to buy the ticket.”

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