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Going the extra mile in Elands

The kids of Elands Bay, along with the help of the 9Miles project, helped to organise a successful beach clean-up in Elands Bay on Tuesday 26 June.

The 9Miles project, is a non-profit organisation established in 2013 by founders Nigel and Sher’Neil Savel.

“Members of our Cape Town team visit Elands Bay every six weeks to check in on our 25 kids there,” explains Chad Smith, Facility Coach at 9Miles Cape Town.

“The programme is spread over five days and entails surfing and water activities, life skills lessons (this session focused on peer pressure) providing hearty meals, arts and crafts and providing positive role models and activities.”

According to 9Miles, the team noticed the beach was littered with rubbish and decided to orchestrate the clean-up.

“It was encouraging to see the kids’ enthusiasm since environmental awareness is one of our programme pillars and we are actively trying to raise eco-warriors and future ocean guardians,” Smith said.

Among 9Miles’ future plans is securing a stand at the Elands Bay Caravan Resort for a 40-foot container, which it can convert into a clubhouse, library and storage facility. The project also aims to secure funding for a permanent facility coach to conduct their curriculum and mentor the kids full-time.

The 9Miles project in Elands Bay is also seeking local organisations or individuals to partner with, to help provide meals for the children and team, as well as volunteers to help assist with the project or academic activities.

For more information, contact Nigel or Sher’Neil at info@9milesproject.org.

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