Excursion to Ratanga Junction – 21 April 2012
In support of the Touwsrivier Masjied fundraiser at Ratanga Junction, Waleed Masoet & Riyaad Miller donated 30 tickets to Sherwood Park Special Care Centre. As this was a first for our learners, we did not know what to expect from this new venue and with our concerns for safety it was decided that only mobile learners would attend the event.
Our learners were wowed from the moment they set foot inside this spectacular park. Going through the security check was a new experience for them and understandably caused a little bit of a hold up in the queue. We took the obligatory group photo right in front of the first Ratanga sign making us look and feel like tourists in our own city. LOL!! Learners were pointing and babbling excitedly about everything they saw. Their eyes were almost literally popping out of their heads, no exaggeration. Their first fun ride was on the aeroplanes , and the same high pitch screams you normally get from the cobra, we got from this ride. From this point on our learners embarked on this exciting adventure with so much gusto, the volunteers had their hands full.
In true form our learners loved the music they heard on the walk about and in the walled city during the lunch time entertainment and were happily dancing and singing along. We were hard pressed to keep them off the stage! Our surrounding community surprised us with yet more generosity as anonymous individuals gave very generously towards our lunch and treated our kids to some ice cream. Our plan to leave at 14h00 was extended to 16h30 as there was always just one more ride we wanted to go on.
Shukran to Sakena & Yusuf Masoet for organising the tickets and preparing breakfast for Saturday. A heartfelt thank you to Waleed Masoet & Riyaad Miller for the tickets and the great opportunity . Shukran to our staff & volunteers who gave up their Saturday for the learners to enjoy this experience, and also a special thank you to those anonymous donors for our lunch & ice cream.
Our learners had a blast and for many of them a once in a lifetime experience. Shukran to all who contributed