Paddlers enjoy their first cinema experience to see inspiring SA film

2017-05-09 13:45
From left: Natal Canoe Club development officer Thuthu Manyathi, paddler Skhumbuzo Ngidi, paddling coach Lucas Mthalane, paddler Wandile Luthuli and paddler Mpilo Zondi, enjoy their day at the cinema watching the South African film Beyond the River.

From left: Natal Canoe Club development officer Thuthu Manyathi, paddler Skhumbuzo Ngidi, paddling coach Lucas Mthalane, paddler Wandile Luthuli and paddler Mpilo Zondi, enjoy their day at the cinema watching the South African film Beyond the River. (Chelsea Pieterse)

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Some of the previously disadvantaged paddlers enrolled in the Natal Canoe Club’s Change a Life development programme last weekend not only went to the cinema for the first time but also watched a movie about their own lives.

The paddlers were given a trip from Table Mountain to Liberty Midlands Mall where they watched the South African movie Beyond the River, in which they are featured in some of the scenes.

Libby Edmonds, who organised the outing, said for some of the paddlers it was their first time at the cinema.

“My husband is a seasoned paddler and we were so moved by this movie that we wanted to share it with as many people as possible,” said Edmonds.

“This is a great movie for all South Africans, whether they paddle or not, and we are delighted by the positive response that we received in our appeal to have the day sponsored.”

She said donations from members of the Natal Canoe Club, Cine Centre and Duncan Paul of Spur made the day happen. “These young paddlers get to see this fantastic uplifting story about how sport can be a life changer for many,” said Edmonds, adding the group’s movie tickets, popcorn, burger and chips and Coke were all sponsored.

Paddling coach for the group, Lucas Mthalane, said they all enjoyed the day and thought the movie was “lovely”.

“Some of us were in some of the scenes in the movie so we were very excited when we saw it,” he said.

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