Boxer backs the Buddz

A new year breaths new hope and energy into most of us and it is with a sense of excitement that The Roselands Trust set out to plan for the upcoming season. However, it is also important to reflect and give thanks for the silent support that keeps the ‘engines’ turning, so to speak.
BOXER Stores, under the vigilant eye of Hendrik Marais (Richmond Boxer), last year sponsored us to the tune of R500 a month for buddyz lunches. This enabled all the willing and able churches in our village to host the Buddyz club consistently through the year, as well as providing meals for our Leadership camp at the end of November. Boxer’s commitment to their social responsibility programme is commendable and it is no wonder that they flourish in our community!
The latter half of the year was enriched by traditional dance, craft, swimming, baking and computer lessons for the many teens that joined us. Stuart Seaward was a regular hit through the year with his amazing flair in the kitchen. Richmond Primary School’s loyalty in their unwavering commitment to providing a venue for several meetings and allowing us to use the swimming pool was a great comfort. The school truly has become a community asset. Jeanine Collett and her governing body from Bernard Mizeki Primary also very generously allowed the teens to use their computers and library several times, a real privilege this turned out to be!
The support of the many individuals, most of them church congregants, who gave up their Saturday mornings to make sure the teens were well fed and catered for, all are counted as vital spokes in the Buddyz ‘wheel’ that God set in motion. The ultimate goal of the Roselands Trust is to see young adults equipped with life skills that will enable them not only to cope but to thrive in the harsh environment of the real world. For many of them, life will always be an uphill battle. Our hope is that as they journey together with those willing to invest in them, they develop the faith and tenacity to push through the barriers, to break new ground, to overcome, and to reach for the stars. This is a journey that the Trust has been on for 11 years now and it will continue to seek relevance in the year ahead.
2017 was topped with the annual Gr 11 Leadership Hike which took place along the banks Of the Umkomaas river, Rich Domleo from Trailblazers generously sponsored the 5 participants a raft trip along a section of the river, this was a life changing experience for them and will hopefully spur them on to greater heights in their metric year.
Our final meeting for the Buddyz was held at the end of November for the regular attendants. 60 lucky learners were bussed off to Ushaka (at a much-reduced price) by Soobhugs, with Nathan Bam and some volunteers. The group were thoroughly entertained with a tour of the aquarium and then the spectacular dolphin show. This was followed by the ever popular wet n wild park where they slid and slid some more, after lunch there was time for a quick swim in the sea before the long trek home before dark! Thanks must also go to Ushaka for a generous discount, without which this would not have been possible.
Thank you to ALL who have supported Roselands Trust in one way or another, thank you for catching the vision, for carrying the load, for lighting the path! We look forward to working together with you again this year
THE ROSELANDS TRUST TEAM
Richmond and Surrounding District Times
Thurs, 1 Feb
Page 4

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply