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17 March 2017

Rustenburg – The dream of creating a camp for children with special needs, is set in motion and on its way to becoming a reality. The first official meeting to set everything in motion was held on Monday, 6 March 2017 at Spes Bona, Rustenburg.

Over 70 children with different sorts and levels of physical disabilities will join up with children from different backgrounds in the spirit of unity, friendship and great fun in the veld!

Camp Kaleidoscope is the dream of Rustenburg’s own Brenda Klopper. Her dream has been embraced by the greater Rustenburg community. Interested parties and volunteers from throughout Rustenburg met at the Spes Bona home and we’re proud to announce that the interested parties filled the entire room... with some of the participants having travelled all the way from America.

Back from left; Karen Spies, Lamont Massyn, Patricia Mokale, Zelda Massyn, Tracy Kerringer, and Flippie Fourie. Front from left; Marco Rudman, Brenda Klopper and Joe Hogan.
Back from left; Karen Spies, Lamont Massyn, Patricia Mokale, Zelda Massyn, Tracy Kerringer, and Flippie Fourie. Front from left; Marco Rudman, Brenda Klopper and Joe Hogan.

As part of the preparations, Joe Hogan founder of the ‘Train to Inspire’ and Tracey Keninger, attended the meeting all the way from Iowa. Joe and his team agreed to come to South Africa and build an obstacle course suitable for all children. Whether they are fully able bodied or confined to a wheelchair. 

Other activities, such as laughter therapy and art therapy sessions, which were introduced by Zelda Massyn and horseback from In Touch Therapy, will also form part of the project. They will be working with horses that have been trained for people with special needs, and will ensure that the Camp Kaleidoscope attendees will have a great weekend.

Camp Kaleidoscope is the brainchild of Brenda Klopper, a differently-abled woman from Rustenburg, who has proven that if you set your mind to it, with planning, patience and diligence you can achieve nearly anything. 

In an interview with the Platinum Weekly newspaper, she explained that a lot more planning and consideration (and funds) have to go into an event such as this to make it a success. “The purpose of Camp Kaleidoscope is to educate the children empowering participants with life knowledge and power,” Brenda said. “We would also like to teach the children that they can make a difference in each other’s lives. The camp gives the participants the chance to see the fact that in spite of our challenges and pain we can all observe the beautiful forms of people we are.”

The planning and energy necessary to make this event a reality is daunting. Besides funding and advice they still need volunteers, advisors and advice with the planning. 

If you believe you can make a difference on any level, please show your support and contact Brenda on 072 356 8781 or Brenda.Klopper@sibanyplatinum.co.za or visit http://campkaleidoscope.weebly.com.

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