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June Update!

June Update!

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Nothing captures what is happening on the ground better than words from our amazing friend, Brenna. Here is the latest!

“-Aviwe is riding a flippin lekker bicycle now! He’s training with a team in Bellville that we met at the Velodrome and Johandre has recently joined him as well. They cycle out to Soneike and ride on Tuesday and Thursday nights and on Wednesday they train at the velodrome. Johandre and aviwe now have lights for their bicycles and don’t mind riding there and back on their own. I usually pack some food for them to take on Wednesdays (they stop by the workshop and say hi before heading off), and have put airtime on Aviwe’s phone in case of emergency. On poor weather days, we can coordinate the taxi return for them as we have done in the past.

These two boys, specifically, are two of the boys in the program whose future is COMPLETELY ameliorated because of their involvement with this team/coach and with Fisantekraal Bike Club. They both struggle a little academically (like most of the students?) , have had friends of bad-influence in the past, and whose home lives/financial situations haven’t exactly given them the leg up on life. Anyway, they cycled to FRANSCHOEK and back this weekend – 150 km! – and are looking fitter than ever.

– The girls. Are awesome. I took 4 to a self defense class in Durbanville this week and they had so much fun. The man who teaches here is great and really wants to pass on his knowledge to empower women of all ages and circumstances to defend themselves. He offers this class once a month (last monday) and I’d love to take the girls every time. He’s also open to having them come in during their regular classes sometimes, so we’ll see what hooks and if anyone becomes inspired to train further. Maybe one of them can become a star and eventually TEACH self defense at the school someday…

– Past events – The Jive Slave route saw 2 of our youth run the half marathon and 13 more take part in the 5-10 km races in Cape Town. Everyone had a blast! Douw came out to help coordinate the students, supply sandwiches, and ran the 10km with them.

– Events – June is chockablock.

June 13 – Greyton Classic MTB Race – I’m entering 3 of our MTB stars in this (tickets R160 each but it sounds like we may get a sponsor from Tygerberg…) . Douw is keen to take part and facilitate some transportation and lunch with them. I may have to stay in town and work, but the kids will be taken care of on that side.

June 14 – Greyton Classic Trail Runs – I’ll coordinate this one and will open it to any of our kids who want to take part.
Will likely hire one taxi for round trip.

June 16 – Youth Day Trail Run – Near Stellenbosch. I have 10 kids signed up already. This one will be super lekker! 5km, 7.5km, 12.5 km and 15km. It’s a pretty route and challenging in the longer distances.

June 20 -Spur MTB School League Series – near Stellenbosch. Dirtopia/Delvera invited us to participate in this. We’ll have to rent some mountain bikes which they have available but it will be a great opportunity to meet some other youth riders from different communities.

June-August – Delvera/Dirtopia offer MTB skills workshops on various Sundays throughout the month. I’m coordinating with the ladies here to get our kids attending these, maybe a small group of 10 per sunday when they run it. They’ll learn some technical skills and gain confidence in riding Mountain bike trails.

Klipheuwel – Eventually we’ll get there…. Just feels like we’ve got so much going on I can’t schedule the meetings in to get the ball rolling again. But everyone’s happy :)

Running Comrades for Fisanterkraal

Running Comrades for Fisanterkraal

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At 5:28AM on the 31 of May, Brenna, our Fisantekraal Peace and Love champion will be on the start line waiting out the last two minutes before the start of the Comrades Ultramarathon.

Fisantekraal Bike Club update

Fisantekraal Bike Club update

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“It has been one year since the Fisantekraal Bike Club was born out of an empty shipping container behind the rural community’s High School, 10 km from the Northern Cape Town suburb of Durbanville. Naturally there have been obstacles, challenges, joys and accomplishments along the way and it is in the reflecting – in looking back at where we started – that we can truly see how far we’ve come. It overwhelms me with gratitude to remember all those who have supported the project along the way. For this, I wish to express, on behalf of everyone here on the ground, our immense thanks to our supporters, donors and cheerleaders – to YOU! Thanks for being part of our journey in 2014 and we hope you will continue to follow the Fisantekraal Bike Club as it grows and evolves in 2015.

Since school recommenced in January this year, we’ve been busy like bees. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been up to:

Cycle of Giving – In partnership with Bellville Track Cycling, we tuned up nearly 20 children’s bicycles donated by our local community at the Bellville Velodrome in January. Bicycles are currently being assigned to youth aged 3-12 who have been nominated by Bike Club members (brothers, sisters and neighbors) and will be distributed by our high school youth over the next 6 weeks.

Open Streets on Bree Street – A dozen of our club members took part in the Open Streets (car free) celebration on Bree Street this January, riding bicycles our friends at Rondies Bikes from Observatory to the CBD. Our youth participated in a bicycle scavenger hunt with The Riding Hood, tested out the Blenda-Venda pedal powered smoothie machine and took a ride on the electric bicycles with Pedego!

Bike Fix – This January, our youth members joined Bicycle Cape Town in the southern suburb of Woodstock to learn with the fabulous mechanics at Woodstock Cycleworks!

Cape Town Cycle Tour – 23 of our members competed in the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2015, 47km (shortened) road cycling race, in Cape Town! This is a massive event where nearly 35 000 cyclists race through the stunning scenery (and challenging terrain!) of the Cape Town Peninsula. 20 of our youth completed the course including 2 from our girls’ group, with 10 in total finishing in under two hours!

Cape Argus MTB Challenge – This year we received a couple of substitution entries for mountain bike version of the Cycle Tour and 2 of our enthusiastic members stepped up to the challenge! Mzwanele competed in the 22 km course on the Saturday and Atang in the full 55 km course on the Sunday. We were so proud when our members returned from the races and shared their results: Mzwanele completed in 1h05m and Atang in 4h20m!

Upcoming

As we go forward in 2015, we will be concentrating on excelling within these main objectives of Bike Club:

1) Coordinating community improvement and upliftment projects together (garbage clean up and recycling education, children’s bicycling and safety workshops at the primary school, an the earn-a-bike program at the high school etc.)

2) Supporting all of our members to improve and learn in various aspects of cycling, including mechanics and riding skills, as well as expose our team to local opportunities involving bicycles (business, painting, events, etc). Furthermore, we wish to support specific members to excel in areas where they show great commitment, enthusiasm and aptitude in a specific style of cycling (track, mountain, road, etc).

3) Coordinating a cycling team and facilitating group rides and participation in local cycling events.

4) Maintaining a workshop facility whereby Fisantekraal Bike Club members can use tools and guidance from leaders and other members to maintain and repair their bicycles.

Watch out for these exciting events!

1) April 18: Bike Wash at Philadelphia MTB competition – 5 of our members will be assisting Brunox Lubricants at this exciting mountain bike event and earning cash for the Fisantekraal Bike Club.

2) May 28: Corporate Social Responsibility project – 6 of our enthusiastic mechanics will assist nearly 200 staff from a Cape Town company to assemble 50 Avalanche bicycles at as part of a CSR event being hosted in Langa. The Fisantekraal Bike Club is honoured to have been invited to participate in the event and to be the recipients of the assembled bicycles!

To all of our ‘cheerleaders’, local and international: We have come so far and will continue to grow and thrive because of your support. On behalf of myself and our youth members, thank you SO much for being a part of Fisantekraal Bike Club’s very first year! Let’s make 2015 an even better year – ride on!

Brenna Coupland
Project Coordinator
Fisantekraal Bike Club”

Sponsor a Bike!

Sponsor a Bike!

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We have updated our website adding a new way to help by sponsoring a bike, an event, a helmet or some healthy snacks for our Fisanterkraal Bike Club project in Cape Town. Check it out, help us and be a part of something super cool!

FBC: Letter of gratitude

FBC: Letter of gratitude

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Our awesome Fisantekraal Bike Club coordinator, Brenna Coupland, wrote a thank you letter and we wanted to share it with you. Click here to see some photos and read about our year.

Each 1 Teach 1: A Tutor’s Perspective

Each 1 Teach 1: A Tutor’s Perspective

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There have been few times this year that I have been truly amazed.

If anything, there must be only a handful of times when one is gifted such an emotion. However, working for Each1Teach1 has provided such moments with astonishing regularity.

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Peace & Love International MUSIC PROGRAMME

Peace & Love International MUSIC PROGRAMME

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Peace & Love International’s Music Programme took a giant leap forward this week- the music centre and recording studio now has mains power and it has been completely soundproofed.

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Come join Each 1 Teach 1 and support the youths

Come join Each 1 Teach 1 and support the youths

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Each 1 Teach 1, Peace and Love International’s flagship tutoring initiative will commence regular tutoring session this week and we would like more people to get involved. Currently we tutor youths in two communities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

On Tuesday afternoons and Saturday morning the Each 1 Teach 1 team will be in Fisantekraal working with high school learners and Wednesdays we are in the community of Lavender Hill.

We appreciate volunteers from all backgrounds, and we are sure that regardless of your background, education, or skill sets that we can use your help. If you’d like more information on how to get involved please contact us!

E1T1’s first tutoring session of 2013 sets a high bar

E1T1’s first tutoring session of 2013 sets a high bar

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There is a lot to tell you – we broke a lot of ground! For the first time we extended our tutoring time to almost 2 hours (an improvement from 1 hour). We also had a record number of tutors out (25 to be exact!). But best of all, we had over 100 learners who came out in the morning to get tutored. The most amazing thing, however, was that this was only our first session of the year; we can’t imagine the growth we will do in the months to come, and we thank everyone who has helped us get this far!

The tutors from the university and students at the school had great interactions and everyone looks forward to building on the bonds we’ve begun to foster.


Teaching different topics means that we can insure all students receive the specific academic attention they need: we tutored English, Math, and Science.

We wrapped up a great day with a tour from the school’s principal who thanked the tutors on behalf the school upon informing everyone of the challenges the youths were facing. We look forward to working with the school staff to address the more pertinent issues faced by the students.

Each1Teach1 is expanding – get involved!

Each1Teach1 is expanding – get involved!

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It is a new school year in South Africa and we are eager to restart our tutoring initiative. Our aim is to significantly increase the subjects and number of days we tutor, as well as introduce workshops on (on topics such as teen pregnancy, drugs, and rape). Having completed the construction of a netball court last year, we are excited to support the school in starting teams, as well.

We will be engaging people at the University of Cape Town from February 4th to 6th on the main campus. If you would like to meaningfully contribute to our greater community, please some see us between 10am and 2pm.

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