On September 6, I Can! participated in National Casual Day. Also known as Loslit Dag the day, held annually, tries to build greater awareness of people with disabilities. The celebration also gives everyone a chance to dress differently according to a common theme.
The funds generated (R10 per person) are given various charities who do amazing work to empower people with disabilities in South Africa. This year’s theme was ‘Go Big’ and the learners and staff all demonstrated their spirit by showing up to work wearing big hair, enormous glasses or unusually large ties. It takes being different to make a difference and on this occasion, reminding us to be mindful of those with disabilities.
On September 7, the I Can! Cape Town team and their children were treated to a family day at Bugz Play Park. The event was arranged to build team spirit and was a huge success. The staff and children were treated to breakfast and an opportunity to talk and get to know each other on a more personal level. The kids had fun enjoying all the activities and rides in Bugz Play Park.
Everybody also had lunch and received gifts such as educational books donated by Leserskring.
Congratulations to I Can! for the nice things you do for your staff to make everyone feel part of our amazing family!
On Heritage Day, September 14, Jet Park celebrated different African cultures and showcased all our unique different food types. This year for the first time, our clients were invited to the celebration which started with breakfast, included a presentation, and then lunch. The menu consisted of ginger beer, mqomboti, nting pap, spinach, chicken feet, phutu pap and amasi, boebotie, and dumplings and of course there was braai vors! The learners played traditional games focused their respective attires.
Our deaf learners presented the “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SIGN?” South African Sign Language Song Translation Competition as part of Deaf Awareness Month. The kids translated the song HERO by Mariah Carey.
The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/34yA01ccR4g
Congratulations to Moses: Moses Malatji (middle in image above), a Business Practice learner based at Kempton Park Academy, had been drafted for the senior national team that will participate in the Paralympics in Rio Brazil. He has already earned a number of athletic achievements:
Junior level 1 (swimming)
Two trophies at young starts completion in Cape town (2006)
2008 he participated in Hollard, Spain
2009 he was awarded Ekurhuleni sports man of the year
2009 he received a best achievement award
2013 he qualified for the 2016 Paralympics