Organisations create safe play area for kids

2019-08-13 06:01
W.D Hendricks Primary School has 350 learners from surrounding communities and as it did with the revamp of the park, it does welcome help from the public to improve and create a better and safer place for learning.

W.D Hendricks Primary School has 350 learners from surrounding communities and as it did with the revamp of the park, it does welcome help from the public to improve and create a better and safer place for learning.

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Learners at W.D Hendricks Primary School in Factreton can now play freely, knowing they are safe, as two local organisations joined hands to create a safer space.

Quinton Langeveldt, founder of the Langeveldt Foundation, says the school is in the heart of a volatile community affected by shootings and substance abuse.

As it is his foundation’s mandate to uplift children, he says they approached the school, to improve its old park and the principal, Luzell Cooper expressed her concern about the park that is not safe anymore. She wanted it to be moved to the back.

“She then asked us if building a wall was possible. The foundation then approached Play Sports for Life (PS4L) for assistance as this was a bigger job than anticipated,” says Langeveldt.

Through the help of the PS4L, the park was moved and upgraded and is partially completed. Most of the equipment is installed and they are in the process of replacing broken swings, painting the wooden equipment “so the park could look alive once again and can be used and enjoyed by the youngsters safely,” says Langeveldt.

“A slab wall has also been put up to secure the park area so that the Grade R learners at the school can play without the fear of being struck by bullets due to the on-going gang violence,” Langeveldt says.

Cooper says children are excited about the park.

She says the shootings are becoming worrisome and the school, which is a no-fee school, could not afford the costs of moving and renovating it.

“We cannot just ask our parents to help because we understand their circumstances, most of them survive off social grants. As the school, we always explore other options to make things happen. We are very thankful to the organisations,” says Cooper.

She says the park is only used by the 60 Grade R learners.

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