On Saturday, 27 July, 20 Common Ground volunteers and four Khanyisa Church volunteers went to the Grand West Ice Rink for a day of fun with 34 teens from Izandla Zethemba.
Here’s what some of the volunteers and teens had to say about it:
“I look forward to whenever there is going to be an outing with Izandla Zethemba because I know they never disappoint. When we go out we forget our problems and worries that we have back home. Everyone is treated equal and special. You feel you belong to a loving family. The fact that I don’t need to prove myself and I can be who I am, that is why I keep on coming to Izandla Zethemba. The outings are a bonus.”- Abongile, 17
“This was one of my best outings with Izandla Zethemba. Even though, I was falling on the ice most of the time, I had lots of fun!” – Sisanda, 16
“I enjoyed everything about the outing, especially the [arcade] games at Wonderland. It was good to bond with my sisters, to go out and be just our selves. Thank you to everyone who helped out. God bless you all.” – Nokuthula, 15
“I loved seeing the teens overcome their fears and learn to skate. I helped teach one girl who was scared in the beginning but after a few laps around the rink became so confident that she was calling out to her friends who were still trying to get the hang of it! It was so awesome to see their sense of achievement.” – Jess, Common Ground volunteer
“I looked at everyone and I just saw happiness – all the teens were just being free and doing whatever teens do for fun. The joy was just written on their faces.” – Xolile, Izandla Zethemba teen coordinator
“I love the connection simple ‘fun days’ provide. Not only can teens connect with one another outside of their usual routine, but this is also an opportunity for them to connect with adults who can be potential role models.” – Marcienne, Common Good programme coordinator
About Izandla Zethemba
Izandla Zethemba is an NGO in Tambo Village, Gugulethu, which provides support care and peer education to those in the surrounding community affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic. For more info, visit their website.
Common Good partners with Izandla Zethemba’s staff and volunteers in the planning and running of kids and teen fun days once every 6 to 8 weeks. These fun days are a great opportunity to connect with the IZ teens and kids in a relaxed and fun environment.
Want to get involved?
If you’d like to get involved in helping out at Izandla Zethemba on a weekly basis, email us to find out more about volunteering at the IZ teen or kids support groups during the week.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for the next fun day!
Thank you to Intercape for kindly sponsoring transport for the teens to get to and from the ice rink!