Moms get a turn

W4C cel­e­brates Women’s Day

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THE East Lon­don team of the Waves for Change (W4C) project took time out to teach their moth­ers, aunts, sis­ters and care­givers how to surf at their Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tion at Orient Beach.

The fun-filled day at­tracted more than 150 par­tic­i­pants, among them refugees from Aresta, who were ex­posed to the W4C pro­gramme and the many ben­e­fits of Ba­nana Cul­ture.

“The Ba­nana Cul­ture forms the ba­sis of the Waves for Change cur­ricu­lum and can be summed up in three words – com­mu­ni­cate, re­spect and pro­tect,” East Lon­don W4C site man­ager, JD van der Walt said.

The W4C or­gan­i­sa­tion uses surf­ing as ther­apy to change and heal lives.

Op­er­at­ing at Cape Town, Port El­iz­a­beth and East Lon­don beaches, with a site in Liberia, Waves for Change works with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of­fer­ing sup­port to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from im­pov­er­ished ar­eas.

The day was ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing and high­light­ing the im­por­tant role women play in peo­ple’s lives; as moms, sis­ters, aunts, grand­moth­ers and care­givers.

“We wanted the moms to have a few hours of free­dom to en­joy themselves, but also un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance and ben­e­fits of their chil­dren’s at­ten­dance at each of our weekly surf ses­sions,” Van der Walt said.

Af­ter a tour of the East Lon­don W4C fa­cil­i­ties and an ex­pla­na­tion of the pro­gramme, the women were treated to a ba­sic surf les­son in the waves.

“The event as a huge suc­cess, not only be­cause of the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, but also be­cause it al­lowed chil­dren to spend time with their moth­ers. And we man­aged to bring peo­ple from dif­fer­ent age groups and cul­tural back­grounds to­gether,” he said.

The event was spon­sored by W4C and their many sup­port­ers in­clud­ing the Buf­falo City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (BCM) and East Lon­don Yacht Club.

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NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCE: The East Lon­don Waves for Change (W4C) team treat their moth­ers, aunts, sis­ters and care­givers to a surf les­son at their Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tion at Orient Beach last week. Fun was had by all, es­pe­cially the young­sters try­ing to get their moth­ers to try out surf­ing

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