After two weeks of hard work by the YSAP team a very pleasant farwell dinner was held at the Somerbosch restaurant

 

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GO FOR GOLD AWARDS CEREMONY 2017
Presented at Bellville Technical High School Hall
On 5 th October 2017
Attended by : Helderberg Sunrise Rotarians
Casper Kruger
Carl-Heinz Duisberg
Jeremy Glover
Gavin Staude
Richard Saxby
The prizegiving event was compiled & presented by GO FOR GOLD Past & present students. The prizes were awarded by Senior  Go For Gold Board Directors for the Class of 2017 Grade 12 .
7 of the students from this class which writes Matric this year were sponsored by ourselves & Salzburg West Rotary Club.  (All in all we have 15 other students in Grade 11 this year mostly Sponsored BY Mr Stefan Winners from Munich.)
The second half of the presentations was to the Class of 2016,now Phase 2 Go for Gold students in their experiential year after matric is successfully completed.
These students showed remarkable improvement in maturity in this year out in the working world.

As in previous years it was a very moving ceremony where the students explained in song or word that the tutors & fellow studentshad been like family to them & had taught them life skills which had changed their whole approach to their lives.
Certain of the mature older students were singled out for the successes they had achieved in their careers & communities
We all concluded that Go for Gold adds so much to this future generation that the positive focus into their communities by their Influence can only bode well into our South African future.

 

 

 

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Helmut's vocational talk was so interesting that there wasn't time to watch a short interesting video on the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre.

Thanks to Helmut, here is the video for us all to see

 

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Reginald Abrahams (Reggie to us) from Macassar High School attended his final STEP (short term exchange programme) in Franschhoek this weekend (7-8 Oct) where he received his Rotary regalia and back pack.

This young man has faced several social challenges attending these camps but has come through them with aplomb and confidence.

We are still working on his trip as far as booking his tickets, getting necessary paperwork completed and visa applications.

I met up with Reggie on Tuesday to have a catch up session and he handed me his letter from Good Hope Play Centre in Macassar where he did 21 hours of community service to "earn" his phone which Aldo munificently donated to Reggie. (Letter attached).

On Thursday Reggie, Jossie (Reggie's mom) and I skyped with the Dutch hosts. This was an opportunity for Jossie to meet and see the people overseas who are going to be involved with Reggie during his stay in the Netherlands. It was a wonderfully warm and interactive session with Reggie doing a lot more talking and engaging than before - a sure sign that he is starting to feel more comfortable.

School starts on the 9th of October and Reggie will be focusing on his final exams as although he is only 17, he is already in Matric.

In December I am hoping to spend more time with Reggie and will be calling on our members to assist too with certain aspects of grooming and coaching him. He needs to put together a presentation of his life which he will need to use when visiting schools and other Rotary Clubs which I will be helping him with.

If any members have ideas on how to assist Reggie and better prepare him for his trip or have opportunities which could include Reggie and expose him to new situations please contact me.

In concluding I want to share what transpired on the way back from Franschhoek when Kirsten and I picked Reggie up - I suggested to Reggie that he ask Kirsten and I a few questions each to encourage him to get to know us better.

Here are some of the thought provoking questions he asked us : a) what is your motto in life? b) if you could chose between love or happiness, which would you chose? c) what was the most wonderful experience in your life and what was the worst? d) do you enjoy your job?

He then rapped his famous rap song for us and we were very impressed by the depth of the content of it - I have asked him to write it out for me - I am going to publish it - it is that good!

reggie cardreggie sonja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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