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Day 4 – The Court is Completed

The usual routine took place this morning…woke up, breakfast, and out we went to finish the final bits of the basketball/netball court.  All of the painting had been done except for the line markings which was the technical part.  It took quite a while to get the measurements right but we managed to mark everything out ready for the final lines to be painted.  Luckily, thanks to Fleet we had a proper machine that meant we didn’t have to paint he lines by hand.   Just as we were about to start painting Martin St Quinton one of the clubs owners and Trustee of The Fold turned up to lend a hand and see how we had been getting on.  

After a couple of hours we managed to get the job done and it looked impressive even if we do say so ourselves.  Everyone took a moment to bask in the glory of what we had achieved over the last few days.  We were excited for the children to have a look and for them to play on it, but we had to wait for it to dry properly first.  While we were waiting we decided to decorate the wall next to the court with the children’s hand prints.  The kids absolutely loved doing this and it was nice for them to be able to add their lasting contribution to the project.

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Day 3 – An Eye Opener at the Soup Kitchen

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Another early start, we were straight out on to the court and got on with the painting.  We managed to finish the main bulk of the court and with some of the remaining paint we decided to paint around the edges of the court as well.

After lunch we were then taken to the local township, where we got to help at a soup kitchen that takes place once a week.  We helped hand out milk and peanut butter and jam sandwiches to over 300 children.  We were told that normally there can be up to 800 children that come for food, which may be the only time during the week that they get to eat a proper meal, but due to it being school holidays lots of the children go to neighboring towns to visit family.

Before the children got their food, they all sang songs and said a prayer.  Chante and Cerys took the job of giving out sandwiches, Helen and Bryony were in charge of the milk, and Cat and Owain were pouring milk into bottles that the children had brought with them whilst the others played ball games with the children.  We gave out some Gloucester Rugby balls, which they all loved and showed some good skills.

This was an experience we wont be forgetting for a while.  It made us all realise how lucky we are and were grateful for the opportunity to help out. All of the children had big smiles despite the fact that they may have been hungry and may have to wait another week before they eat properly again. 

On the way back to the orphanage we spotted some giraffes on the side of the road. 

 

Day 2 – Our first day at work

We woke up nice and early at 7am to get up before the sun was too hot and spent an hour washing down the concrete surface that was going to be turned into a basketball and netball court.  We then went in for breakfast that our head chefs Bryony and Helen made us before going back out to work.

After a few hours working on the court, we went back to the house and spent time playing with the children.  We managed to learn some of the Children’s names: Pete, Jessica, Letta and Ronnie….only 12 more to learn.

In the afternoon we started to paint the D’s in blue and the middle section of the court in green. It took us a while to get going, but after the fist section we managed to work out a method between us which enabled us to pick up speed.

Any spare time we had was spent playing with the kids.  At 6pm we went to Mama Fatima’s house where all the kids gathered ready for Paul to read a bible story. At the end they all sang a sone and gave each other a hug before bed time. We all had a really nice day.

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Day 1 – Gloucester to Limpopo, South Africa

Our day started at 1pm where we all excitedly met at Gloucester Rugby to begin our journey to South Africa.

After a grueling 10 hour flight we landed in Johannesburg at 7.00am and were picked up at 8.30am and taken to The Fold by Mickey and Paul Prince who are the founders of the Orphanage.  After nearly a full days traveling we finally arrived at the children’s home at 1pm.  We were greeted with hugs by all the kids and staff.  Once we were settled, we went out to the area we were going to transform into a sports pitch and started to prepare it for painting straight away, by brushing off the dust.  This took longer than we thought but we were determined to get it done. 

Afterwards we played with the kids to get to know them.  We then had tea and went to bed early as everyone was shattered and we had an early start in the morning.

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