ACADEMY NEWS AND EVENTS

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Casual Day – September 2013

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.

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Bugz Play Park

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!

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Heritage Day – September 2013

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.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SIGN?

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

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Left-Lindokuhle, centre: Moses Malatji and right: Bongani

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

Look what the Operations Managers have been up to

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On the 4th September 2014 the Operations Managers gathered on the I Can! Hebron Nguni Farm near Howick, as part of a team building initiative. Gumboots were pulled on, sunscreen applied and with a determination to be commended, assisted agricultural learners to put up our first vegetable tunnel on the farm.

The event was coordinated by our colleagues from Angel Projects (take a look at their website: www@angelprojects.co.za) who patiently taught us which pole to attach and how to hang the netting correctly.

The soil for the vegetables had been previously prepared by firstly ripping the dry ground, using a tractor and then irrigating this area in preparation for our spades and forks. Compost from the farm’s fertile compost heap (recycled organic matter from the farm) was used to add nutrients into the soil. Although most of us found the work to be physically demanding, we all took turns with the shovel and before long the ground was ready!

The vegetable tunnels are 10m X 4m in size and are manufactured from galvanized steel pipes and shade cloth. Luckily you don’t need a degree in engineering; a few 10mm spanners and a hefty sense of humour did the trick!

A big variety of vegetables can be grown in a tunnel. The tunnel is big enough for a thousand spinach plants and 700 cabbage plants. We chose to plant mainly nutritious spinach plants, as this vegetable will be cared for and eventually eaten by the skills program learners who assisted us.

Did you know?

Only 10 (ten) percent of the water used in an open garden are used in the tunnel. The turnover out of the tunnel is approx. 8 (eight) times more than that of an open garden. The lifespan of the tunnel is 7-8 years.

At the end of this very hot day we returned to our homes in our various provinces tired, but with a feeling that we had achieved something very special that will continue to give the gift of food to the needy for a long time to come.

Thank you to I Can! for sponsoring this wonderful event and thank you to Angel Projects for the brilliant team building initiative.

Rowan Robinson
Special Projects Manager

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LONDON MARATHON

London Marathon
Running for the Sugarbabe Foundation.

 

Diabetes mellitus is reaching epidemic proportions worldwide. Type 1 diabetes usually starts in childhood. This form of diabetes requires insulin injections 3-5 times per day. In addition, children and their families have to monitor their blood glucose levels many times a day and be careful about diet and activity. Until a cure is found, insulin injections, blood testing, diet and physical activity are the main focus for these children and their families as they aim to lead normal, healthy lives and prevent complications of diabetes. This places a huge psycho-social burden on the child and his/her family. Support for these children and their families, is therefore essential to ensure the best possible outcomes as they attempt to accomplish this arduous task.

The Sugarbabe Foundation was formed to provide support in the form of camps for children with diabetes. These children range in ages from infancy  to 18 years and are from different socio-economic groups and from all ethnic groups.

The objectives of the foundation are to:

  1. Provide support to children with diabetes and their families through education and information.
  2. Provide psycho-social support to children with diabetes by hosting events where children and their families meet, network and participate in games and other activities.
  3. Raise awareness among the public of the magnitude of the problem of childhood diabetes so that early signs and symptoms can be recognized and medical intervention sought.

The activities undertaken to achieve these goals include overnight adventure camps for children, half day camps for toddlers and their families, support group meetings and the annual World Diabetes Day picnic for children with diabetes and their families.

The London Marathon is one of the world’s largest marathons. Fund-raising has become the hallmark of this event and each year competitors are urged to raise funds for numerous charities. Many participants choose to raise funds for charities that are close to their own hearts.

Debbie Brien, I Can’s HR consultant competed in the London Marathon and has chosen The Sugarbabe Foundation as her nominated charity. She has undertaken to raise funds for the Foundation to carry out its activities in the coming years and to allow the support to develop further.

According to Debbie, it was an unbelievable experience running with 40, 000 other runners, all supporting a charity of their choice, and millions of supporters screaming in support of the runners.  “Running is my passion but to run with Passion and Purpose was the ultimate experience!”