It is with abundant hope in humanity that we end off Mandela Day 2016. The Purity of the hearts of the people that wants to make a difference is what I will remember. Gone are the days when identifying the problems is as far as we will go! I salute the brave adventurous people of South Africa that proudly go to where others fear to tread. People joining the playing field of life rather than the multitude of referees judging wrong from right.
A Momentum has started where the loving hearts of individuals and families will bring the much needed change and spread hope. A momentum has started where a people with pure hearts are changing communities, towns, cities, nations…the world!!
Let us write the history books for our children so they can also believe that one person loving another in need can change the world. That unconditional love is the secret ingredient that will add flavour back in everyday life.
Here is a quick test to see who will be part of the problem and who will be part of the solution.
1. I Love I
2. I love me
3. I love you for me
4. I love you
A Big thanks to the people of Sabie River Sun and the family of Waldus de Jager that donated not only truck and trailer foods of good but also time to visit the Reading Project and the orphaned and vulnerable children of SizaBantwana
A Big thanks to ABSA that spoiled a bus load of children with fun and laughter, games and a full stomach at Induna Adventures
A Big thanks to members of the ANC, ESKOM and Shoprite mobile soup kitchen that went to the children of SizaBantwana and pledged their support.
“Hold On! Dirt road incoming, we call it an Africa massages so enjoy”, I explained, while driving down the valley to the Sabie River where the Geckoing start. As we decent I wondered who was more excited the teachers or the students, but I soon realised that the teachers won singlehandedly. From jumping to going down the roughest rapid “One Time” no one showed any hesitations.
Indecisive students got a wave of encouragement from the cheering crowd of students. Fellow students showed no mercy, everyone had to do at least one jump. A fellow student volunteered to join like brothers in arms to make the leap together, when the wave of encouragement was not enough to make the leap alone.
Pictures taken showed their battle faces like never before, from the brave and daring to the least, everyone met his/her match that day, legends where born out of it. The cry of laughter echoed through the canyon.
All students gave a helping hand, assisting their fellow students, some of the boys even trade in their Gecko’s to the girls for a more daring red tube.
We’ve seen blood and tears on the geckoing but never before seen such an amazing group of students.
For almost 10 years Midstream College have been visited Induna Adventures for a couple of days as part of their annual Grade 11 school camp breakaway. This year was no different.
A total of 171 Grade 11 Children poured out of 4 buses on their arrival at Induna Adventures. Induna quickly turned to loud chattering of exciting children knowing that their day filled with adventure awaits them.
All children gathered on our sports field to be divided into groups and to be allocated to their activity that each group will start off with. An option of 4 activities, Rafting, Paintball, zipline and the Mac Mac hiking trail was on their agenda. The children were truly excited to have learned that we offered them the geckoing / Tubing activity in place of the rafting. The children were off to their first activity excited to start their adventurous day.
The Gecko’ers were dressed and ready, we transported them with 4X4 vehicles to the starting point, where they got a briefing of what to expect, all the yeah’s and No’s. A few kids were a bit scared of our 9m jump, but they pulled all their courage together and most of them took that big leap of faith.
On the Induna side the paintball guns were shooting, the boys seemed real proud of their battle marks, as they engaged in close combat, the girls was a little bit more cautious. Yes a paintball bullet can leave you with a couple of blue marks. Fully strapped into a harness, students overcome their fear, by flying down the mountain on our famous zipline. The rest of the students went on our Mac Mac hiking trail, a 9km hike next to the river through indigenous bush and forest roads. The kids used the opportunity to bum slide and swim in the river to cool off.
After each group had finished their first activity, their lunch packs were ready for them. Chatter everywhere as they trade stories of their venture they were on and what to expect for their next activity.
Midstream College students were well disciplined and were ready to jump of cliffs, fly, shoot and hike along the Mac Mac River. All students were enthusiastic and were full of energy to take on any adventure thrown at them.