Mar 5, 2021

2021 here we come

This year has started with a bang, after last year we are so executed to see what this year has in store for us. 

Here is a small recap from the end of last year and beginning of this year. 

At the end of last year we participated in a race at Ridein, which is on the outskirts of Jonkershoek, Many of our beneficiaries placed very well in each age group. This race was enjoyable for all ages groups as it catered for the younger boys too. 

In January we had a beneficiary training with a German athlete in a training camp. He had exposure to a professional athletes lifestyle and training regime.he learnt many new things and is eager for this year and what lies ahead. 

In February we had a huge fire start in the Franshoek region, with gale force winds it ended up entering the Jonkershoek Valley burning the nature reserve. Our beneficiaries had to evacuate their homes, fortunately no houses were damaged during the fire. This means the trails we normally train on are quite burnt, hopefully we will be able to return soon.

We are so excited to see what this year has in store for us, hopefully some more races and a whole bunch more growth and development for our beneficiaries.

Nov 6, 2020

Standing in a time of diversity

High excitement for training rides
High excitement for training rides

Standing in a time of diversity

At this point in time, I think most people are quite fed-up with the realities and parameters of the COVID 19 limitations which we all have to deal with. It’s a testing time for most people and even if it just means having to adjust to new norms and realities, we are all tested in our ability to adapt and our resilience to make the most of what this adverse time throws at us.

For the Cycling Whole Life Coaching program it’s been no different. Besides the direct realities we’ve had to deal with during the pandemic, we’ve recently had our second case of theft this year at our bicycle storage facility. It seems like the criminals have seen this lockdown period as the prime opportunity to execute their criminal activities. We’ve stepped up our security system quite a bit with a CCTV installation and backup power supply, since the thieves are quite clever to come during stormy weather when the power has also been eliminated. Along with some other measures, we hope this will be enough to prevent further problems of this nature and also offer helpful evidence to the police in case something does happen.

One the front of our program with the kids, we’ve had an exciting time since starting with activities after the hard lockdown period. The kids missed the riding so much, they came in large numbers to rejoin the training rides. We had to be strict with the age group training times to not run into the problem of not having enough bicycles available for those attending. We also had a few running days, which was mostly due to the bicycle theft and we needed to first sort out the damage and the insurance before resuming the riding. The kids also enjoy running though and it is sometimes combined with a swim in the nearby river pools.

During the recent school holidays, we ran a holiday program for all the children attending the aftercare. There we over fifty children attending here and they had such fun. One of the activities – a treasure hunt, ended up being quite a challenge, but the kids would not give up before they could find all the hidden treasure. Like all our activities, each of these also had a lesson through experiential learning. Who ever thought learning could be so much fun…

The last weekend in October, we took the committed boys, 13 years and older, on a journey-into-manhood camp. For the boys group, teaching them about authentic manhood, has been a focus of the program from the beginning. After all the male facilitators and coaches on the program completed “The World Needs a Father” course, we were even more inspired to be extra intentional about this journey for the boys – boys becoming authentic men. It’s even called “The Journey” in “The World Needs a Father” package. This year, one of these men, was very committed to the quality of the process, since he has a great passion it. We’ve been having sessions with them since February of this year. After the camp was postponed due to the COVID 19 lockdown, we finally were able to go on the weekend mentioned above. It was very challenging for the boys, but we were amazed at how well they could cope with the challenges and engage in the process, while implementing the values taught. These are the future leaders of our program and positive role models for the younger boys, even those in the community who are not part of the program.

Our future leaders
Our future leaders
High excitement for training rides
High excitement for training rides
Jul 9, 2020

Managing Unprecedented Times

All smiles after a tough Cape Town Cycle Tour
All smiles after a tough Cape Town Cycle Tour

Since our last newsletter, we were fortunate to be able to have two more events with the kids before South Africa was struck with COVID 19 lockdown regulations. These were:

The Hex River Triathlon in Dedoorns

Six of our younger boys took part in a triathlon middle of march March. They did incredibly well, with 3 podium finishes. The Triathlon was designed for younger children to take part and enjoy as not many races cater for the younger age groups. This was a chance for them to experience the race excitement that they have seen with the older boys and to have some friendly competition to get their adrenalin pumping. It was so much fun to watch and see these young sportsmen in a competitive environment. 

 

 

The Cape Town Cycle Tour

A group of 5 older boys and 6 volunteers took part in the annual Cape Town Cycle tour. This event is definitely one of the favourites. Everyone finished very well, despite the rainy and windy weather conditions. This race has an age restriction, but if it wasn’t for that I think all the project boys would have wanted to compete. With almost 40 000 participants each year, we're always grateful at the end when everybody finished without a crash. The event is one of the highlights of the year and we look forward to the next one. 

COVID 19

Since COVID 19 lockdown regulations was implimented in South Africa, we've not been able to resume with training rides or even group meetings. At this stage we are hoping regulations will allow us to resume from the beginning of August. 

We have been caring for our beneficieries through food parcels and educational support. The educational support is very much needed and will continue to be a high priority for us at least until the end of the year. Up until now we've provided free internet at our aftercare centre. Here they could access the internet from the outside of the building via wifi to connect to the online educational support channels available. We researched and sent through on a Whatsapp group, the websites and various educational support channels available in South Africa. Together with the food parcels we sent to all the beneficiery families, we also sent educational packs, which mostly consisted of grade appropriate worksheets to keep them going and assist in keeping them motivated towards keeping up with schoolwork. Via the Whatsapp groups we also motivated the children to keep studying and not to think they're on a holiday.

Unfortunately, during the time of lockdown, one of the facilities we store our bicycles at was broken into and three bicycles were stolen. Some of our older bicycles are not on insurange due to the high cost, so we were only able to claim for one bike from the insurance. Anybody willing to make a contribution towards buying the other two bicycles are welcome to do so via this platform or contact us for banking details, which is also on our website: www.prochorus.org/jonkershoek

Please pray for the team, they are all also going through challenges during these strange times.

Ready to Race at De Doorns Triathlon
Ready to Race at De Doorns Triathlon
Running leg of Triathlon
Running leg of Triathlon
Podium finishers
Podium finishers
Team Training ride, how we all miss this
Team Training ride, how we all miss this
 
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