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Butterfly Centre Sports Day a triumph

On Friday 3 August, at the village green in Stanford, the very first Butterfly Centre Sports Day took place.

“It’s hard to explain in words how much this event meant to the children and parents there. These special children had practised hard and they truly gave it their all,” said Jami Yeats-Kastner, founder of the Butterfly Centre.

She explained there was so much cheering and encouragement, not just from spectators, but from the children to one another. There were egg-and-spoon races, beanbag tossing and a tug-of-war. Some of the local Stanford home-schooled children joined in, which made things even more special, as it showed the real power of inclusive play, and how sport can connect people from all walks of life, despite their differences.

“The kids all beamed from ear to ear as they went up to collect their chocolate coin medals,” Yeats-Kastner said. “It was truly a beautiful thing to behold.”

The Butterfly Centre wants to thank everyone who helped make the day special, to teacher Sindy Furley and Vuyokazi Vithi Siza, and also to Coach Richard Opperman as well as those who came to watch. A special word of thanks went to Annalise Mouton for capturing the happiness in photos.

The Butterfly Centre in Stanford is a registered NPO which caters for children who do not fit into the mainstream environment. It currently relies largely on fundraising to continue expanding. Find out more on the Butterfly Centre Facebook page, or the Stanford Xplorio page. You can donate to The Butterfly Centre, or mail them at tbcstanford@gmail.com to learn more.

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