Saturday 20 November 2021
JOHANNESBURG - It took more than four cars and two trips to get the excited Cycle Breakers to the Kloofendal Nature Reserve on Saturday, 20 November. More than 40 youth showed up for the outing, which was sponsored by the non-profit organization, Friends of Kloofendal, FroK. The organization focuses on preservation, ecology and education. It also plays a crucial part in supporting the community of the reserve and facilitating the Environmental and Educational Programme.
The trip started with a visit to the Educational Center on the nature reserve. They were able to view specimen from the reserve and the friendly guide from FroK, Karin Spottiswoode, told them captivating stories about it. FroK says it is pivitol for organizations to teach their youth about the importance of looking after our nature.
The Cycle Breakers were taught about the harm that invasive alien plants can cause. They removed more than 3 000 invasive plants.
Karin says these invasive plants end up replacing the indigenousness vegetation.
For the young people this was not only an educational trip, but they were also taught about the importance of looking after God's creation from a Biblical point of view. “We are very proud of the youth and their development” said Xanthi Johaar-Jacobs. Together with her husband, Keenan Jacobs, they lead Cycle Breakers in Johannesburg. She says during this trip they were also taught how to conserve our earth and take care of it. “We cannot wait to impact our youth, our nature, our community and our world.” The youth "Elders", who form part of the leadership of the youth was also there to help keep the young people safe and entertained.
The trip would of course not be complete without a bit of fun and competition. A prize of 5 Gig data was offered to the Cycle Breaker that pulls out the most alien plants. One of the youngest members, Bongani Mhlongo Junior won with more than 300 plants.
Parents of the youth were also very thankful for the outing. “This trip was so educational for my child. This is something that I would not be able to afford on my own and seeing my child explore nature and have fun with other Christian youth is such a blessing” one parent said.
Watch the video below for a Behind the Scenes look at the trip. Besides the educational part of the trip, they also enjoyed a light lunch and played various games. The Elders were intentional of ensuring that every young person is included in all activities and placed a big emphasis on not socializing in cliques.