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Khayalethu Youth Centre grateful for Train Race opportunity

Sep 15, 2015
Khayalethu Youth Centre grateful for Train Race opportunity

The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre, situated on Kragga Kamma road, Port Elizabeth, were overjoyed after 26 of their boys, aged between eight and 18,  received the opportunity to ride on the train for the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race, which took place on the 2nd of August this year.

Local IT Firm, About IT, sponsored a Metro rail coach for boys at the Khayalethu, in order to give them a new and fun experience that they will always remember. The boys also received a packet full of sweets, a boerewors roll, some cool drink as well as a cupcake.

It was the first time on a train for some of the boys, and Mia Smit, social worker at Khayalethu said that whilst on the train, all of the boys were extremely excited.

“It was amazing for them, because 80% of them have never been on a train before,” Mia said.

“Being in the train and being able to move inside the train while it was moving was very exciting, definitely a new experience for them.

“The boys got such a sugar high from their sweetie packs. They were jumping around and playing. Then they started to sing together, which was really nice. The whole experience was really great for all of us,” she added.

The boys were all very grateful for this opportunity, and thank About IT tremendously for this exciting new experience.

Khayalethu Youth Centre is a non-government organisation, which relies mostly on public funding. About IT has said that they would like to get involved with the Youth Centre again in the future.

For more information, contact 041 484 5667 or visit www.khayalethu.org.za