Lerina Nel, organiser of the annual Kipper outing to Artscape in Cape Town, reported that this year’s event was once again very special and something to remember. This year, children from Ruststasie Primary and Montrouge Primary were given the opportunity to be part of this once in a lifetime experience.
Kaap Agri again made this day possible in conjunction with Krazy Katz Productions, who donated the tickets for the Kipper production. As in the past, Lerina arranged a colouring-in competition for the children before they departed. This year it was a picture of Kipper and his friends which they had to colour and decorate. The winners received a colouring-in book, crayons, a sharpener and a Kaap Agri water bottle.
The big day started off early in the morning for the 100 scholars with hot chocholate and a sandwhich. At Ruststasie, Kaap Agri’s silo personnel prepared the food and drinks, and in Tulbagh this was done by the Tulbagh Garage.
When the group arrived at the Artscape theatre, the director of the play, Marinda Engelbrecht made this children at ease and explained theatre etiquette to them. They were therefore well prepared for this exciting journey to wonderland. This year Kipper’s adventure was in Antartika in the South Pole where he and his friends met a snowman with the name of Patrick. They also made friends with the penquins, Pikkie and Polka. The play was full of energy and the songs had lovely rythm on which the children could dance and sing along merrily.
After the show, the group payed a visit to the Cape Town Waterfront where they enjoyed KFC in the Arena. They were also very intrigued by the marimba players, the Big Wheel, and with the wind driers in the bathroom.
After enjoying a delicious ice-cream, they then visited a play park close to the sea. Although Tulbagh and Ruststasie are not far from Cape Town, many of the children had their first experience of the sea. When they embarked on the bus for the return trip, everyone received a small Kaap Agri ruck sack which included a cooldrink and other refreshments.
According to Lerina, this day is always very special to her because Kaap Agri makes a difference to the lives of less priviledged children, who would under normal circumstances never have had the opportunity to enjoy such an unforgetable experience. This also confirms that Kaap Agri is the place where people still count.