LFAF Rural Arts Project Awards




On Saturday, 9th September 2019 the Light from Africa Foundation hosted their annual awards ceremony in the Suurbraak Community Centre. This was a special day for the children who have attended weekly art, needle craft and music classes at Trust House in Suurbraak during 2019. The hall was buzzing with excited children dressed in their t-shirts from the Light from Africa Foundation while their parents beamed with pride at seeing their children’s work on display for the first time. Many dignitaries were present, including the founding member of the Light From Africa Foundation, Mr Anthony Record (MBE) and his wife, Mrs Carole Turner- Record, who made a special trip from the UK to share in the experience. The music groups who only started 4 months ago showcased their talents by performing’ Pata Pata’ and ‘Crossroads’. Many members of the audience were tapping along to the sounds of the saxophone, drums, trumpet and bass guitar. A few speakers addressed the audience and the children shared their experiences of their respective classes. The Principal of Suurbraak Primary, Mr Burton Beukes, said that he loved the motto of the Foundation which is to,’ Light Flames of Creativity and Hope in Young Lives’. He encouraged the children to embrace the opportunities given to them through these programmes provided free of charge by the Light from Africa Foundation. The ceremony ended with an exciting riel dance by the talented riel dancers from Mullersrus Primary School. A sincere word of thanks was conveyed to the various contributors, namely Metropolitan Health, the Suurbraak Community Trust and the Swellendam Municipality. Almarie Pelser thanked all the facilitators who devote their time and talents with so much love: Hetta November with her team of Siena Goliat and Lydia Manho; Gary Crawford and his assistant Jamiel Jacobs; the exuberating Donovan Julius. Godfrey Hendrickse and Lynne Roscoe were especially thanked for the irreplaceable role they play by monitoring these programs on behalf of the Foundation. Their role in mentoring many of the facilitators must never be underestimated and we treasure them as part of our team. The guests were served lovely food and ‘potjiekos’ and all the children were treated with favourites as well. This Rural Arts Program of our Foundation is bringing people together with the sole purpose of empowering the youth.  It was truly a memorable morning of celebrating South Africa, the Good News!



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