Hi guys! Thank you for your support in making the kidsí excursion a memorable experience for the 25 kids, which came from a privately-run home in Benoni (private meaning they get a fraction of the grants from Government that State-run places get). The excursion was held in conjunction with SOAPkidz.
The day started out with volunteers (some a bit nervous) and the kids arriving at Lekkekry (Lotters plot) around eight.
First stop on the excursion was Netso (Scholtzís farm). Yolandie explained how a small scale farm works and how the animals were managed. We had the opportunity to interact with the cows, piglets, and chickens and were able to feed the calves milk. All enjoyed a refreshing glass of full cream milk.
Then it was Koppie-alleen for some mountain climbing, visiting the small caves and of course taking in the beautiful view from the top of the koppie. The kids were shown the different types of rock formations and plant life. Some kids even pointed out the poisonous plants that were shown to them at Netso.
Next was Bona Thaba (Angusís Farm). Lunch was served - hot dogs, apples and fruit juice. Each child then had a short horse ride. Some kids were a bit scared but thanks to the volunteers that walked beside them their fears were easily overcome. Since there was enough time the kids were able to go for a second ride. Nadine then gave them a talk and showed them some jumps.
Then it was back to Lekkekry for swimming, a tractor ride, and feeding the sheep and goats. Snacks were in no short supply and all had a fun filled and relaxing afternoon.
The kids participated in the events with such enthusiasm and fascination, as they were surrounded by so much care and fun, one can just hope that it shifted something in their little psyches.
Too soon it was time to say goodbye. The kids were given a farewell parcel and seen off by the volunteers, some sad, but with hugs all round. The day was concluded with an informative debriefing session.
The day saw relationships formed and mindset changes of the volunteers which is rare in this self-centered world we live in. A hopeful sign was the camaraderie among the teenage volunteers that helped out wholeheartedly with the kids and thankless tasks. Their parents can be proud of them.
Once again the LOG would like to thank every volunteer/ donor for you support. Without you this event would not have been possible. You are proof that one person can make a difference.
TOGETHER WE MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE
SOAPkidz, The Rhenosterspruit Conservancy and the Laezonia Group have joined hands to host the first Kids in nature event on the 25th of September 2010. (THE FIRST OF MANY TO COME)
25 Children from the Benoni Childrenís home were invited to come and spend a fun filled day with us.
Program for the day
08h00 to 08h30 kids arrive at Plot 38 Laezonia
08h30 to 09h00 Tea and sandwiches
09h00 to 09h30 Departure to Koppie-Alleen for nature walk
11h00 to 11h15 Departure to Bona Thabo for hose riding and Lunch
13h00 to 13h15 Departure for visit to milkery
14h15 to 14h30 Return to Plot 38
14h30 to 16h30 Games and snacks (Swimming weather permitting)
16h30 Kids depart with smiling faces
To join us on this day, click here.
Where is it?
The Conservancy lies centrally between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the West Rand, and is a largely unspoilt, natural area. Bordering the Cradle of Humankind, between R511 and R512 and north of the Lanseria Airport, find the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy.