The annual Camphill School Sports Challenge is always a highlight in the calendar. It is a way for the School to reach out to the wider Hermanus community, as well as friends from further afield, to share the joy of spending a morning in this beautiful corner of the Hemel en Aarde Valley.
This year was no different. On 22 February MTB cyclists and trail runners enthusiastically tackled the challenge of mastering the courses that had been laid out for them up hill and down dale across the Valley, while scores of walkers and less energetic runners, of all ages, wended their way along gentler routes beside the tranquil Onrus River. Whichever course they chose, all the participants were full of praise for the trails prepared by Hermanus Adventures, under the leadership of Paul du Toit of the Wine Village. They must be amongst the most scenic in the Western Cape.
Back at home base, a croquet match was in full swing and the children were splashing around in water balls and small canoes, or taking meandering pony rides. Of course, the inner man was not forgotten. What would a day in the country be without food? Between gargantuan, mouth-watering all-day breakfasts, finger-licking boerewors rolls and home-made ice cream, no one went away hungry.
Despite the fact that several other sporting events were taking place on the same day, attendance was good and everyone vowed to be back for more next year. Thanks to the added support of numerous generous donors, Camphill School was able to make a net profit of just under R28 000 for the day. This will help it to continue providing much-needed quality education and care to children with intellectual and other disabilities – mostly from disadvantaged communities – in this region.