Winter school keeps kids busy

Ilze van der Merwe from the Kids Kicking for Cancer organisation, demonstrated a few moves, and got the children to join in as well.

The Bridgetown Moravian Church hosted its 25th annual Winter Bible School from Tuesday June 18 to Friday June 21.

This year’s theme was “Shine Jesus Shine”, and a host of fun activities and inspirational talks, coupled with scrumptious breakfast and lunch, kept the children coming back for more.

The event was organised by Marjorie George, Vanessa Samuels and Connie van der Rede.

On Thursday June 20, the children were educated about fire safety by City of Cape Town firefighters, and Ilze van der Merwe from Kids Kicking Cancer’s Heroes Circle, showed the children some karate moves. Genevieve Lentz, from Bonteheuwel, also shared her story of how she became the first female table tennis referee in Africa.

Ms Lentz started playing table tennis while still at school. During her first year at university, she joined the Boundary Table Tennis Club, and from there she became interested in being an umpire.

She did her national and international examination – the latter has to be done every two years, and in 2009, she acquired her blue badge umpire, an advanced examination which qualifies you to be an umpire at the Olympics. Ms Lentz was the first female blue badge umpire in South Africa.

In 2017, she became the first female referee on the African continent.

“This is a big achievement and a big responsibility. Table tennis has allowed me to travel all over the world. I can see how eager women are when they see me in my role. Many women look up to me, and I am glad to open that world in Africa, especially since this sport is generally male-dominated,” Ms Lentz said.

Ms Van der Merwe said her organisation goes to hospitals and they work mainly with children who have cancer.

“The children have no choice about the medical procedures they need. Breathing helps to keep them calm, and some of them did not even need sedatives. Our programme empowers the mind, body and spirit, and the children enjoy the body movement and exercises,” Ms Van Der Merwe said.

Ms George thanked all those who contributed towards the winter programme.

“Organising the winter school is not an easy task. We would like to thank the Athlone Ministers’ Forum for their donation, Jenny Coert and Johnny Duminy, the parishioners of the Bridgetown Moravian Church, as well as friends and family, who all gave generously. May God bless them all,” Ms George said.