Rid­ing waves keeps chil­dren off the streets

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WHILE MANY en­joy surf­ing just as a sport, an or­gan­i­sa­tion in KwaZulu-Natal has made it a re­cre­ation ac­tiv­ity for the youth.

Glid­ing on wa­ter is not just a sport or a fun ac­tiv­ity for young peo­ple liv­ing within the Dur­ban city cen­tre in KwaZulu-Natal but it is also an es­cape from so­cial ills.

Surfers Not Street Chil­dren is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides free surf­ing lessons to street chil­dren and dis­ad­van­taged youth within the city cen­tre.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is a di­rect re­sponse to tack­ling home­less­ness among chil­dren and en­sures that the youth do some­thing pos­i­tive with their lives.

The eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­cently sup­ported this or­gan­i­sa­tion by do­nat­ing 10 surf boards.

The boards are de­signed for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses and are made out of foam that help be­gin­ner surfers to stay above wa­ter level.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s sport and re­cre­ation de­vel­op­ment depart­ment man­ager Teddi Adams said that the boards would as­sist as­pi­rant surfers.

“The dona­tion is part of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s strat­egy to de­velop sports and en­sure that all youth, ir­re­spec­tive of race and class, have ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties that will help them to ex­cel in their cho­sen sports code.”

Lan­gelihle Nkosi (16) who is a surfer thanked the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for the dona­tion.

“I en­joy com­ing to the surf­ing lessons be­cause they help me get fit and I en­joy rid­ing the waves.” Nkosi en­cour­aged other as­pi­rant surfers to come and par­tic­i­pate and learn more about surf­ing. Surfers Not Street Chil­dren Club coach Sandile Mqadi said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion was aimed at teach­ing chil­dren surf­ing skills as a means to get them off the streets.

“We cater for street chil­dren and those from pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties. Our ser­vices are free and youth from the ages of five to 23 are wel­come,” said Mqadi.

He added that the boards do­nated by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will as­sist their ef­forts and more chil­dren will be able to take part in the pro­gramme.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity also do­nated an­other 10 surf­boards to the KwaZulu-Natal Surf­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

Some of the surfers from the Surfers Not Street Chil­dren and KZN Surf­ing Club who re­ceived surf boards. The boards will be used for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses.

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