Hout Bay Comes Together to Build Educational Opportunities

On Saturday 4 March Hout Bay beach was abuzz with children, parents, teachers, dogs and anyone interested in building something amazing out of sand. They were brought together by a fundraising competition organised by Hout Bay’s Valley Pre-Primary school and sponsored by Hout Bay Super Spar, to raise funds for educational bursaries. The money raised by the competition is used to provide educational bursaries to under privileged children from the Hout Bay community. These bursaries help to fund things such as therapeutic interventions which consist of language enrichment, play therapy, occupational therapy/physical therapy when required to assist their learning experience as well as the actual educational requirements.

The Hout Bay Partnership sponsored the registration of two teams to take part in the competition this year. The teams represented two NPO’s from Hout Bay, The Underdog Project which addresses social and emotional needs of youth and children using non-invasive animal-assisted activities, like dog -training. The other team was from Sakhisizwe YDP an afterschool programme for Youth between the ages of 13-21. It was created to develop, build and empower young people holistically with life skills that will help them to make conscious decisions in life

The teams were at the beach to register at 9am on Saturday morning and were entertained by the likes of Hangberg pre-primary and many more. There was a DJ pumping beats in the background and giving life to the participants and spectators, accommodating everyone with throwbacks from the 90’s and current hits that are topping the charts today. There was also food, beverages and treats on sale for those who needed a bit of a boost during the day.

The Underdog team created a dog with baggy ears that stole hearts by just looking at it. Its nose, eyes and paws were made with shells and they even made it a water bowl. The Sakhisizwe team built a Fantasy Castle with towers and stairs spiralling all around it. It was decorated with seaweed and leaves and it was built as tall as one of the team members.  Both teams had great fun building their creations and even though they started off doubting their abilities and not wanting to make their structures too complicated, as the sandcastles grew bigger they realised that they could in fact do it and ended up with beautiful sculptures.

After all was said and done,and the judges had made their final decisions, to the delight of the Partnership and its teams’ the Underdog team won first prize in their category. The Hout Bay Partnership was very pleased to have been able to be a part of this initiative and would like to thank both teams for participating in the event.

If you would like to find out more about the annual Sandcastle competition or would like to take part next year, please visit the website at  http://www.houtbaysandcastle.co.za