Project in need of containers

2018-05-15 06:00
Sports Stepping Stones representatives during one of their recent community upliftment events in Athlone.

Sports Stepping Stones representatives during one of their recent community upliftment events in Athlone.

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Local non-profit organisation, Sports Stepping Stones (SSS), is in urgent need of funds to purchase much-needed containers from which to run their offices.

Shamiela de Villiers, spokesperson for the group, says the call for finances comes after their lease agreement at their previous premises expired earlier this year.

The group had been working from Turfhall Stadium in Athlone for the past few years, and since leaving, has been facing serious challenges in terms of accommodation. Nevertheless they have continued to roll out several community upliftment events in and around the area.

“We signed a lease agreement for six months with Saambou Primary School in Manenberg last October. During this time, we helped the teachers with their Life Orientation classes and trained the students through sports, marching bands and life skills, with the intention for them to become leaders and role models in their communities and school,” explains De Villiers.

“The children at the school were very excited to have us there, as they never had any sports or participated in any events previously. We tried to bring that back to the school, even though it was just for a short period of time.”

With the expiration of the organisation’s contract in March, this has left SSS no choice but to seek new premises in the area. The group is currently working from the home of SSS director Boebie Cassiem.

Meanwhile, the principal of Talfalah Primary School in Sherwood Park has come forward to offer his support, by providing space on the school’s premises.

“The school principal has given us permission to put up containers on their ground, with the aim of setting up our offices to assist the children with more sustainable programmes. We therefore appeal to the public for any assistance in purchasing these containers to make it a reality.

“We currently have 50 SSS coaches that we are training. This has all been done despite the lack of adequate resources and equipment. Therefore, our appeal is for any means of donations, as our main concern is to help develop and uplift our communities, especially the vulnerable youth.”

She says using sport and recreation is the group’s prime focus. “Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of all underprivileged youth, including orphans, and especially the younger generations who have become such easy targets to the scourge of evil lurking in our society.

“Our aim through the public’s support is to gain in the broader spectrum, and our team has grown tremendously in skill over the past decade. To add, we are currently also working at Atwood and Voorspoed primary schools in Hanover Park, among others, and invite the public to come and see what we do.”

SSS is also set to roll out its annual Ramadaan Ifthar programme at Sherwood Park Community Hall on Sunday 19 May, which will continue daily up until Sunday 27 May. The specific event is known to feed hundreds of community children during the holy month of Ramadaan, which is celebrated by thousands of Muslims across the world. Funds are needed for this project too, adds De Villiers.

V For more information, contact Shamiela de Villiers on 084 264 1108 or email shamieladevilliers@­gmail.com.

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