Monday, March 11, 2013

Fighting the unimaginable fight

Imagine going to a school where you know you are different, but the only thing that makes you feel normal is sport, but then you don't have the equipment you need. I have the privilege to work with such children in a mentally disabled school in Tembisa.

The first time we ( Leona, Liezl and myself) met with the school staff the sport coordinator was not there. The following week we met up with the sport coordinator and played some sports with the kids. While Matt and Adam were busy with the kids, I had time to talk to the sport coordinator where he told me more about the school.

There are so many things they need. There are about 450 children in the school with only one 600g javelin, one 1kg discus and one shot put. This is the equipment they are preparing with for their inter house (between all the disabled schools in the Ekurhuleni district.) One of the biggest need are medals. When any of the children from any school come 1st, 2nd or 3r they will be going to nationals to represent Gauteng. If they come in 1st 2nd or 3rd place at the nationals they will have the opportunity to go to a special Olympics to represent South Africa. There are 2 boys who run the 100m in 10:61, they do that barefoot on gravel.

This is a new project that I have been privileged to start during January this year. T objective of this project is to help provide as many talented children with the equipment they need.

Hendri  Viljoen

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