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ANNA FOUNDATION : Teens, TV Time and Epic Adrenalin

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2017 Absa Cape Epic, we are excited to announce that South African legend Willie Engelbrecht will partner with Pierre-Henri for the Anna Foudation.

It was so exciting to watch some of our young children being interviewed for SABC TV this month. Not because they were on TV per se, but because they spoke so clearly using well formulated sentences … some even answering in English! This confidence would never have been possible 3 years ago! It just goes to show the impact our drama programme is having on these children’s self-esteem and confidence.

As we count down the days to the start of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, we are excited to announce that South African legend Willie Engelbrecht will be partnering with Pierre-Henri to form the Anna Foundation team. We are honoured to have these 2 men cycling in our kit and will be supporting them along the route as they tackle 8 days of untamed cycling to help promote our cause. In addition to these 2 legends, we have 4 more teams riding to help raise funds for us – and doing a sterling job so far!! Thank you from myself, the team and all the many children you are helping! As the kids love to say: Hou bene hou!

3 R's: Reading, Running, Righting News
 
Reading (Education): Good auditory skills have amongst others, significant benefits for learning reading. This month our facilitators focus on auditory perception and how to apply it in shared reading. These listening skills are practiced by playing auditory games with the children on a regular basis and then reading a story with questions that follow on from what they have just read. 
 
The Gr R – 3’s focus on sounds at the start and ends of words, while the Gr 4 – 7’s play more advanced auditory games and then using reading sheets, take part in group and shared/paired reading followed by questions relating to the text.
 
Running (Sport): The children continue with the active, fast-paced games - all of which are aimed at increasing speed at getting those heartrates pumping whilst building core strength. Of course, it's all a lot of fun and there are always shrieks of laughter and cheering to be heard!

Once a month the facilitators test the children's fitness levels by timing them through an endurance run, sprints, planking, and counting how many sit-ups can be done in a minute. These results are recorded and can be compared each month to track their fitness progression.
 
Righting (Life Skills):  This month the facilitators focus on their intention for their drama lesson, this being the goal or vision that guides their activities and choices. Instead of blindly following a prescribed lesson plan, facilitators are supported in identifying one skill that their group of children find particularly challenging. They’re then trained to pick games from their drama packs that address and practice that specific skill.

Working with intention has a great influence on the way in which the activity is experienced by both the facilitator and the children. It is, however, in itself a skill that requires patience and practice and will therefore remain our focus for many months to come.
 
We are excited to see how our facilitators - and ultimately our learners - maximize their potential by working with intention!
 
Teen Workshop
 
In addition to the very specific after-school support we offer our high school students, we also hold a monthly workshop for them at a central venue which forms part of our Teenager Programme. These workshops are seen as a privilege (they must attend the after-school regularly in order to ‘qualify’) and are aimed at inspiring them for their futures. Workshops – each with its own theme - are planned and brought to life by Uné Conradie, designer of our current life skills curriculum.
 
February’s workshop focus was on self-esteem and our Boland teens learned a new ‘repertoire’ of skills through creative, hands-on activities. One of the creative methods can be seen demonstrated in the photo link below.
 
The task: choose 5 x recyclable items - something we would normally perceive as rubbish - and think about what their value and purpose could be (this group saw them as percussive instruments). The aim: to teach the learners to look at themselves in a different light and to be able to recognise their own potential.
 
Beach Clean Up and TV Time

On 18 February the Grade 5 - 7's from Simonsig Wine Estate after-school joined over 1000 Capetonians for 5FM's "BIG Cape Town Clean Up"!

The 5 areas being targeted included Sea Point Promenade/Mouille Point (where we were stationed), Lion’s Head, the Liesbeek River, Milnerton Lagoon and Joe Slovo. The children were first briefed as to what to look out for by a representative from the Two Oceans Aquarium. They were given gloves and bags and then we were on our way! A crew from the SABC news team captured our children on camera, using the footage for the evening news broadcast and they were blown away by the Anna Foundation children who stepped up without hesitation and gave flawless interviews... in Afrikaans AND English nogal!
 
The Anna Foundation is proud to be part of the team of eco-warriers that helped to collect 1 640kg of litter from Cape Town’s beaches and waterways. 1 008,6kg of this will be recycled.  The entire outing was an educational and environmental eye-opener for our learners who now see straws, cigarette stompies and bottle tops in a totally new light! 
 
27 For Freedom Fun Run
 
Saturday, 11 February 2017 marked 27 years since Nelson Mandela was released, after spending 27 years in the Victor Verster Prison in Paarl.

Our children were privileged to be able to see first hand, where Madiba stayed all those years as we ran 5km in the 27 for Freedom Fun Run which took us through the grounds of the Correctional Services.  It was not only an enjoyable event but an enlightening one too!

Special thanks to Top Events, and also to Manfred Jacobs from the Drakenstein Correctional Services for allowing the Anna Foundation children to take part in this proudly South African event!
 
Epic Adrenalin Countdown
 
INTRODUCING: Willie Engelbrecht
 
Cycling legend, Willie Engelbrecht has won the Argus Cycle Tour 5 times, he dominated the pro cycling scene in the 80’s and 90’s and holds more than 1000 other titles under his belt! We’re proud to welcome him as our ambassador as he teams up with Anna Foundation Operations Manager (and ex-Springbok cyclist), Pierre-Henri Olivier next month at the Cape Epic!
 
It was rather exciting for the children from Buffet Olives and Neethlingshof farms to welcome Willie to our pump track, ride with him and show off their skills in a joint-project bike session recently.
 
At the end of the afternoon, Willie watched in amusement as the teens took turns riding his super-light Adrenalin bike.
BMX vs. custom-carbon Adrenalin Bikes = BIG difference!
 
WATCH THIS SPACE!
Keep an eye out on the Anna Foundation Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for details on an exciting, Adrenalin-induced raffle coming up...

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