The JCC’s second year commenced with a successful first meeting on 13th January 2015 where all projected plans were finalised. With goals set for our two main projects, namely the “Femme Kits” and “Library Restoration” projects, we are intending to work closely with our schools and the community this year.
The launching of our “Femme Kits” project will take place on the 28th March, where boxes of essential items will be filled and given to a disadvantaged school in our area. Our focus is on collecting feminine hygiene necessities as many young women have missed up to 3 months of school owing to their having no access to sanitary ware. We will, however, gladly accept donations of any feminine products.
Many schools in our city have empty libraries or no reading facilities owing to the fact that there are no books. Our aim for the “Library Restoration” project is to collect any reading material that can then be distributed and shelved in schools in need. All of the collections will be carefully grouped into appropriate ages before doing so. Another endeavour would be to equip the library users with the skill and know-how of being responsible library users.
On Saturday, 24th January, we were treated to a social at a resort in Kuils Rivier where we could mingle with all JCC members from the city.
The members of Sub-Council 11 eagerly took part in a Sisanda FunDaytion Connect Day on Saturday, 31st January, for which much planning and organisation took place. Sisanda is an NGO that reaches out to underprivileged children through recreation and play in 3 networks: Sisanda Circles, Connect Days and Fun Days. We were faced with the challenge of fundraising which, after much hard work, was achieved. In total, R12 500 was donated to Sisanda through our connections with Pep and Old Mutual, and juice boxes for the day were donated by the Wynberg Rotoract Club.
From 08h00 to 14h00, 20 Capricorn Primary learners were invited to spend a day of delightful activities and inventive recycling with 20 of our volunteers. The day set off with many ice-breaker activities that got everyone interacting well. Our main activity challenged the creativity of each paired child and volunteer, to reinvent a reusable item to create a game. Prizes were awarded for all designing and building skills and each child was then given their invention to take home.
As the Sisanda Connect Days do, each Sub-Council member had the privilege and satisfaction of brightening the life of a child for a day. It has yet again, been one experience that has strengthened our relationship as a Sub-Council. This is our aim at the end of the day, as it ensures good communication and efficiency for the running of our projects. It has created a wonderful spirit.
Our next full council meeting will take place on Saturday, 28th February 2015 at the civic centre in town.
(Lara is one of four Wynberg girls represented on the Junior City Council - Asanda Masoka, Delucia Daniels, Hong Ju Nam are the others)