The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA) Living Spirit Project’s President’s Award candidates from Cloetesville and Kayamandi were recently treated to a great adventure in the Stellenbosch mountains during an adventure camp at the Christian Brothers Centre in Paradyskloof.
The group enjoyed an adventurous hike in Paradyskloof.
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (TPA) is an international programme that helps young people aged 14-25, develop through skills, sport, community service and adventure. Karin Alexandersson, a Swedish intern with UNASA, joined the group with a session on the United Nations’ global goals, which were rigorously debated by the participants.
Eight volunteers of Ubuntu Hiking provided a jam-packed hike full of adventure, teaching valuable skills such as hiking, the proper way to pack a hiking bag, navigation, reading a map, using a compass and abseiling, among many other helpful activities.
Scenarios of emergencies were created to provide the participants with practical ways in which to apply their basic first aid knowledge. The challenge was to find materials on the route so that the “injured” could be assisted. Participants could also look forward to learning about the fynbos found on the mountain, and how their ecosystems work.
Clyde Lamberts provided valuable knowledge about the fynbos found on the mountain and how the ecosystems there work. For many of the participants this hike was their first time, making this experience all the more remarkable and special.
For Chaz Dudley (17) it was the best camp ever. “We also discussed issues that concern the youth and came up with solutions. I will definitely recommend other youth to join the Living Spirit Project’s President’s Award.” Dudley said that it was his first hike. “This was a new experience for me. I am looking forward to do it again.”
Other skills acquired during the adventurous hike was survival, leadership, knowledge of endemic plants/fynbos on the route, pitching of tent and how to make a fire using flint. Through this activity participants learned to rely on each other, stretched their personal limits, discovered the beauty of the mountain on their doorstep, improved their team-building skills, as well as gaining a practical understanding of global goals 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 that relate to sustainable use of the environment.
Saturday’s activities were completed with a lesson on the importance and awareness of the human rights and responsibilities of all people. The enthusiastic hikers tackled Stellenbosch mountain on the side of Paradyskloof. The group enjoyed an adventurous hike in Paradyskloof.
PHOTO: RAYMOND WILLEMSE