Cyclists You Can See!
South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) have been fortunate to receive additional funding from N3TC to do another road safety project in the Midlands.
Last year SADD worked mainly with the learners at Sibomgumbomvu School in Cedara where they ran road safety lessons with the younger children and gave four cyclists reflective gear, helmets and lights for their bikes to make them more visible and safer.
Cyclists and pedestrians are vulnerable road users and account for about 40% of the deaths and injuries on our roads. Disadvantaged cyclists seldom wear helmets, reflective jackets, have lights on their bicycles and often do not know the basic safer rules – such as not cycling into on-coming traffic.
With cycling being increasingly promoted for a healthy lifestyle and as a cheaper and more efficient way to commute to and from work, we are hoping to reach more needy cyclists this year, providing them with basic gear and training. In return, they are asked to spread the basic road safety message to other users – by distributing pamphlets and bumper stickers depicting the 1.5m safe passing margin for cyclists.
Caro Smit of SADD encourages educators from schools in the Midlands area who have children cycling to school to contact her for help. “We are also keen to assist farm staff and and local businesses, so please, if you have staff in need of safety gear, get hold of us.” Learn more about this project (or offer to volunteer) by contacting Caro on 033 3431853 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SADD was founded by educator, counsellor and Psychiatric Social Worker, Caro Smit, after her 23year old son Chas was killed in September 2005, by a driver who had been drinking. Every year in South Africa, about 18 000 people are killed and 150 000 injured in car crashes. 65% of these are caused by alcohol, this percentage being twice the world average. Many of these victims are under the age of 30. SADD is about the future – reducing deaths and injuries, saving families from distress and heartache. SADD supports victims and their families after drink driving crashes by offering information and advice for court. www.sadd.org.za
St David’s Superheros and Masterchefs
“With my bow in one hand and an arrow in the other, I felt like a superhero!” grinned Owethu following his archery experience at camp recently.
The annual Adventure Camp at Glenrock Farm is eagerly anticipated by the senior primary pupils of St. David’s School. “We sang all the way there in the bus and when we arrived we all danced and cheered with joy. The instructors welcomed us with happy smiles. I climbed down the steps and when I hit the ground it was as if I was stepping on clouds,” wrote Lungelo.
The 53 boys and girls were plunged into a vastly different world of challenging activities, during which they were stretched to the best of their abilities. Kayaking was a brand new experience. “The kayak was a little wobbly at first but I soon got the hang of it. I called the shots while my partner paddled in the direction I told him to go. I imagined I was a pirate captain,” commented Ayakha. The zip line over the dam proved to be an amazing adventure, despite feeling nervous, every child seized the moment and flew through the air with exhilaration.
Tree climbing was equally intimidating – viewed as ‘scary and difficult’, but with the help of patient instructors, hard hat and safety harness, everyone reached the top, rang the bell and was rewarded with a great sense of achievement. During relaxation time, the girls especially loved the peace, the animals, the red autumn leaves falling gently and the sound of early morning birdsong. The boma campfire with story-telling and singing provided lasting memories. A Night Walk allowed each child to find their own quiet spot to reflect on everything they had learnt, to contemplate the stars and appreciate the beauty of nature. This was followed by a game of Stalk the Lantern, which the boys loved, and then the inevitable riotous pillow fight in the dormitory.
The Potjie Challenge! Each team had to purchase their pots, ingredients and recipes at an auction using Glenrock dollars as currency. With great enthusiasm they prepared and cooked their potjie on an open fire, decorated their tables, entered the Taste Test Competition, and then ate the end result. All the potjies were pronounced delicious! Could any camp be complete without a mud fight? A game of ‘Battlefield’, with opposing groups of soldiers being splattered from head to toe in glorious mud, washed off by a dip in the dam, was lots of fun.
The final verdict? Everyone agreed the time had passed far too quickly and they were sad to leave. “We learnt teamwork, trust, and sportsmanship; how to achieve our goals and never give up even when it is tough. There was fun and laughter, respect and kindness. It was fantastic!”
St. David’s School, Greytown, is an Anglican school, which, in 1992, had humble beginnings in the parish hall as an independent multiracial community school, with a class of eight Grade 1 pupils. It has since expanded to include Grades 1 – 7, an average enrolment of 140, and a staff of seven teachers. The original St. David’s School was established in 1900 and housed in a building on the lower slopes of the Greytown hill, where it flourished until 1948. The new primary school was given the same name in honour of its illustrious predecessor. St. David’s is unique in that it has no Principal, is managed by a College of Teachers, and does not have its own premises, but leases seven classrooms and an office from a public high school.
St David’s are very grateful to N3 Toll Concession for generous support which enables us to offer partial bursaries to needy pupils and to improve our school.