On Saturday, 8 August Rhodes University’s Namibia Society (Namsoc) joined the Grade four pupils of Fikizolo Primary School for a celebratory picnic to celebrate a week of fundraising conducted through an initiative called Togetherness Week. Thandi Bombi Reports below.
Throughout the year, Namsoc has been collaborating with an organization called Children of the Soil (COTS) which was started by Rhodes University lecturer Dr Nosiphiwe Ngqwala. Together these two organizations have partnered up with Fikizolo Primary School to promote physical health and awareness.
Togetherness Week is Namsoc’s most recent attempt at raising funds to buy sports equipment for the spirited children. “A healthy child is a wealthy child,” said Namsoc Community engagement Officer, Reginald Runyoro. “Physical education is important for human growth and health, we thought that making the children participate in physical activity would be fun and adventurous,” he said, “Our aim was to keep the children and the community fit and more actively tackling issues within our society.”
“Through Togetherness Week we are trying to encourage people to challenge themselves and get involved in the current efforts we are making,” said Runyoro. “Besides selling healthy snacks and treats, we are appealing to the university students on an academic level by providing games of general knowledge about politics, biology and geography where the winners get prizes.”
Togetherness Week, which was held at Rhodes, consisted of a fun-filled week-long program that involved snacks, and games. To end things off, a fun run was held for the students of Fikizolo Primary School. “For the University students we have treasure hunts during the week to make them aware of their fitness and how long they could go searching for prizes before giving up,” said Runyoro. “Then on Friday we took the Grade fours from their school and got them to run from the Botanical Gardens to Prospect Soccer Field to bring awareness to their physical health too.”
The week ended on an all-time high with Grahamstown’s weather allowing for a bright picnic full of joyous celebrating after a week of hard work. “The picnic was awesome,” said Runyoro, “when I saw more than 80 participants, I was happy because the call for the Namsoc togetherness event was accomplished.”