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Se7en + 1 Join SanParks for Madiba Day…

July 21st, 2015 · 19 Comments

This past Friday we were joining some our friends from SanParks to paint a mural on a school in Tafelsig, as part of the Madiba Day Celebrations. Madiba Day is a big day for most South Africans as folk from all over the country gather together to spend 67 minutes doing something uplifting. Earlier this year we planted trees in this area with Greenpop and we were eager to drive by and see how the trees were getting on. Turns out that Cape Town decided to have winter on Friday… a typical Cape Storm of torrential rain, howling wind and freezing cold temperatures. Our little friends were dressed for the weather…

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It was cold, cold, cold… colder… and did I mention torrential rain. So there was no painting of a mural. But the teams from SanParks were there in full force and together they transformed a little play school, nestled under Cape Town International Airports flight path, into a haven.

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The small scholars were whisked away for an outing… and while they were away a massive transformation took place…

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Classic Cleaning

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The container classroom was thoroughly scrubbed…

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And posters popped up.

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Bookshelves were sorted and toys set up…

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Plenty of Painting

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While we couldn’t paint outdoors we certainly could paint indoors…

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A little preparation…

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Everyone was dying to get involved with this…

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And there was some concentrated effort…

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And a clean up session…

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And the main classroom was ready…

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A Splendid Sand Pit

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Meanwhile, outdoors… in the pouring rain,

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A fabulous huge new sand pit was created…

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Brilliant Boardwalks

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New boardwalks were created for little students to get around their play ground easily…

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Perfect Paving

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And there were lessons in paving…

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Bob the builder has nothing on these guys…

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Amazing, in just a morning…

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Just add some finesse…

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Take some care…

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And before you know it a path emerged…

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Plenty of Planting

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And the part of the project the whole gang was keen to be part of… planting heaps of indigenous plants…

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Heaps of preparation and plenty of planting…

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Even window boxes were filled with plants…

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Basically plant until you can’t plant anymore…

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What can I say… we loved every part of it. We learned heaps from the SanParks Team about paving, planting and painting. And I bet those little ones got a big surprise when they got back to school!!!

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Christi {Jealous Hands} // Jul 21, 2015 at 2:00 am

    What a fun project – amazing what can get accomplished by working together!

  • 2 se7en // Jul 21, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Hay Christi, I have to say… Our kids had such a blast – who wouldn’t have fun creating a totally new play school and gardening in the pouring rain!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 3 aunty muffin // Jul 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Well done! All of you!

  • 4 Corli // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Such a fab project – both for the do-ers and the receivers! Great to see a glimpse of the many positive things happening in SA every day.
    Corli´s last blog post ..rock rocks!

  • 5 Wendy Young // Jul 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Fantastic well done! Welcome home
    Wendy Young´s last blog post ..July is chugging by

  • 6 se7en // Jul 23, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Hay Corli, for every one project there are ten million more to join in… there is so much to do over here and our guys are really enjoying volunteering for things that really matter and make a difference. Counting down the days, just saying!!!

  • 7 se7en // Jul 23, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Thanks Wendy, this day was so good for all of us, nothing like focusing on a project together, after time apart, to bring everyone onto the same team. It is good to be home… my kids have needed time with all of me, blogging has just had to wait, but I am dying to share my travels… it is a matter of just where to start!!!

  • 8 Tammy // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Just awesome!!!!

  • 9 se7en // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Hay Tammy, we had such a blast… literally a blast of stormy weather and a blast of fun!!! Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!!!

  • 10 MrsFF // Jul 25, 2015 at 8:27 am

    This is my kind of thing! Love it and it makes me happy that the cold and rain didn’t put a damper on things.
    MrsFF´s last blog post ..Silent Sunday‚Ķ Again

  • 11 se7en // Jul 27, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Thank you Aunty Muffin, we had an absolute blast working on this project!!!

  • 12 se7en // Jul 27, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Oh Mrs FF, Thank you so much for stopping by… turns out we had to work hard to stay warm… and we loved it!!! It is so great for my kids to have a chance to be involved in projects like this… Hope you have a fantastic week!!!

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