The endeavour to provide sports facilities for local kids in the Oori has taken off. Michelle Panos, who initiated this project, writes: “About 15 boys and 12 girls arrive to play each weekend. Three of the local landowners' boys came on their small motorbikes and asked to join in. Within minutes they were all playing together on our very rudimentary fields, displaying team work and talent which belied the humble facilities. It was heartwarming to see how sports really can transcend socio-economic barriers.”
The girls are being taught by coach Coreen Horwitz from the St Andrew's School for Girls. “I was amazed at how quickly Coreen managed to transfer skills, which the girls were all eager to learn,” Michelle noted.
“Some of the little girls play netball in plastic shoes – not optimal! If residents have children’s takkies or soccer boots which they have outgrown, and would like to donate them, it would be so appreciated. We are trying to organise a sponsor for shoes for the children, but it all takes time.“
A gentleman in a white bakkie arrived during the sweltering midday heat with a huge container of water for the children. There are no tap facilities at the fields and the bottles of water which the kids had brought were already depleted by the time the “knight in the white bakkie” appeared to the rescue!
So far so good…The children are adhering to the rules, the fields are clean, the noise levels are not offensive, and the eco-friendly loo seems to be working!