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SOUTH AFRICA: The IPA Long Walk for Technology

supporting charity projects in the West Coast Region

Dated 10-08-2017

On Saturday 20 May 2017 the non-profit organisation RAM (Rescue among Many) and the IPA West Coast Region launched the Long walk for Technology project in Goodwood, Cape Town.
The International Police Association, West Coast Region supported this initiative from the outset to raise funds for the Ashbury Primary School in Montagu, to enable them to set up a computer room. The aim of this project was not only to assist the School but also to raise awareness of the plight of poor and deprived children and elderly people in rural Montagu.
Pedro Kruger, a well-known local artist, was the master of ceremony and kept the crowd going while local artists such as Louisa (Lt Col in the SAPS), Wouter Van de Venter, Llandi Beeslaar, Minnelie Minnaar, KayCee, Granville Michaels , Charmaine,
Mienke and Michelle Louw, provided entertainment. Thanks to Pedro, whose father is a retired policeman, all artists performed at no cost, in support of the project.
On Sunday 21st May 2017 a team of four IPA members (Jan Jacobs, Herman Burger, Alfie Van Litsenborgh and IPA South Africa Vice President, Jakkie Van Litsenborgh), accompanied by Carol and Stephan Bruton of RAM, set out on their long walk of more than 200 km from Goodwood near Cape Town towards Montagu in the rural Boland area of the Western Cape.
The group covered the Boland towns of Klapmuts, Paarl, Rawsonville, Worcester, Robertson, Ashton and Montagu and were well received by the local communities along the route. Police stations were visited en route and IPA-members were recruited.
On Monday 29 May 2017, a tired group of IPA members finally reached their destination and were received by enthusiastic members of the community and the local police of Montagu.
After a welcome by the local tourism board, we continued the walk to Ashbury Primary School on the outskirts of the town where we were pleasantly surprised by the school children who formed a guard of honour for us. At the school, RAM could proudly announce that as a result of this project, 9 computers could be handed to the school to start up their computer room. More computers will be arriving soon.
Thanks to the IPA West Coast Region, who received a generous donation of fifty bags of clothing (worth more than R30 000) from Shoprite South Africa. Warm pyjamas, jackets and other clothing were distributed to residents of Lingelihle Old Age Home in Ashton and to Sakhikamva ECD in Montagu.
This project, driven by RAM, is ongoing, and thanks to the awareness made by IPA West Coast Region, we expect more donations to follow, all of which will be distributed to communities in need. The IPA, in support of RAM, is making a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.
We pay tribute to our IPA members who came up with this initiative and who were willing to sacrifice for the course: those who took holiday leave, supplied their own private vehicle and all the necessary equipment to assist along the route.
We salute the group of IPA members who took up the challenge!
‘SERVO AMIKECO’
SERVICE THROUGH FRIENDSHIP
Jakkie van Litsenborgh, Vice President IPA South Africa
 
 

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