Orienteering

2009-08-30


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DOORNPOORT NATURE RESERVE ORIENTEERING

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By Phillip van der Merwe

Karen aka Noeksie frequently says, “SOAPkidz is about bringing people together.” I would expand on her statement because for me SOAPkidz is becoming a community. The exciting and pleasure filled day spent orienteering with RAC Orienteers at Doornpoort Nature Reserve emphasises this point.

To my knowledge this is at least the sixth time that SOAPkidz has been included in an orienteering event hosted by RAC Orienteers. Familiar faces, warm welcomes and ever present helping hands are trademarks of these outings. Thanks to RAC Orienteers many SOAPkidz children and volunteers have learnt about orienteering, the environment and their own capabilities, whilst having a load of fun.

Once again food and refreshments were provided by Pick & Pay Hyper Faerie Glen. Very much part of the SOAPkidz community and a request is all that is needed for support to be forthcoming. The best part is that the “giving” is not just products but also the hearts, time and energy of Pick & Pay employees. To the extent that some of SOAPkidz most trusted and reliable volunteers work there.

A strong contingent of volunteers turned up for the day at Doornpoort Nature Reserve. Amongst them, many “old hands” and new faces that ensured special and individual attention to the 30 children. Once again the feeling of community ensued as old friends were greeted and the volunteers took pleasure in each otherís company and in what they loved doing.

And last but not least the community of children who are the reason for SOAPkidz existence. Nothing can be more special than watching children grow and blossom through many events, to become volunteers themselves. Once they were on the streets, now they are exuberant, responsible and on the brink of adulthood - showing the way for the many children that are following.


ORIENTEERING AT DOORNPOORT

Event Info

SOAPkidz have been invited by RAC to attend the orienteering event at Doornpoort Sunday the 30th of August 2009.

30 Children from various children homes will be divided into 10 teams and a SOAPkidz volunteer will be assigned to every team. Volunteers must be at the registration table by 07:30.

Directions:
On the N1 North go past Zambezi off-ramp and take the N4 West (Rustenburg Bakwena-Platinum Highway). Keep to the left-most lane at the Doornpoort Toll Plaza (R7.80 per car) and directly afterwards take the Dr. Swanepoel Road off-ramp. At the stop, turn right and continue over the highway to the farm gate straight ahead. Follow the dirt road marked with Orienteering signs to the event centre.

Terrain:
Flat, wide open plains changing to scattered, rocky hills (and one small mountain) and thickly wooded bushveld. Thick undergrowth in places. Lots of wildlife including Kudu, Blesbok, Impala and Warthog with small herds of cattle in between.

Snacks:
Hot dogs and colddrinks will be provided to the 30 children and SOAPkidz volunteers

Volunteers:
please bring the following:

  • Warm clothes (it can get cold)
  • Comfortable shoes (tekkies)
  • Your sense of humour.

Contact Karen at 083 975 2700 or noeksie@soapkidz.org if you would like to be part of this fun filled day.




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