Vision 2020: S4J at water-points

This forms part of a series of articles on the S4J. This is article 2 of the series.

One of the key aspects of the S4J is the heartfelt service we extend to athletes through S4J water-points.  S4J ladies’ athletes captain Annelize Hietbrink wrote a fascinating article, published at this link on the S4J blog, about the work of a helper at a water-point.

Helpers at S4J water-points has handed hundreds of thousands of water saches to athletes at various water-points during the past few years. As Annelize wrote in her article:

“Put up tables, stack cups, pour cold drink into said cups; break big blocks of ice into plastic containers; cut open countless boxes of water sachets and throw them into the container. Ensure that all helpers know what to do, where to stand (out of athletes’ way!) etc.

Get to table, grab some water sachets (or 2 or 4, or on some cases 8!), maybe drink some Coke. Thank or don’t thank the WPH. May complain about water not being cold enough. Drop sachets in bin, next to bin, or in the vicinity of the water table. Carry on with race.”

To organize a water-point even requires far more organizing than for helpers on the day. Some of these tasks come to mind:

In pre-preparation:

  1. Recruit a team of helpers for the day.
  2. Sort out all branded items like t-shirts, flags, gazebos.
  3. If you’re going to play music, equipment and music must be ready and fully charged.
  4. Hospitality arrangements for your team of helpers sorted: tea, coffee, milk, sugar, facility to boil water, rusks and so on.
  5. All needed hardware ready like hammers, cable ties, and side cutters to name a few.
  6. At S4J water-points, we always do a photo-shoot. This requires batteries fully loaded, lens cleaners, and momo-pod packed in.

On race-day:

  1. Wake up as early as 2:40. Be at the water-point at about 04:00 to receive among other, loads of water, Coke or similar drinks, tables, buckets, and ice packs.
  2. Set-up the hospitality area for your team of helpers.
  3. Start receiving athletes as they arrive. Ensure the team is well organized to serve athletes during the race. Clean up after the race.
  4. Pack up and go.
  5. Ensure equipment is sorted after the race. If it for example rain during the race

This is the team that helped at the recent S4J water-point at the PWC George Claassen Memorial Race. Here are some of the feedback received afterward:

  • Pierre Engelbrecht: Great water point! Thanks everyone involved!
  • Annemarie Breytenbach: Beste en vriendelike waterpunt. Julle is awesome. Dankie liewe Norman, altyd n glimlag en tyd vir n vinnig geselsie en Dan natuurlik die kameraman. What a boykie. Lovies 💕
  • Belinda Hope: Awesome water point … thank you
  • Thérèse Marie Jarvel Doman: Norman the waterpoint was awesome, thank you!!!
  • Willem En Mari Malan: Dankie!!! Julle was die beste en vriendelikste en vrolikste waterpunt!!!!
  • Phillip Du Toit: Julle was great, baie dankie. Eks trots om n S4J atleed te wees….
  • Dokka Le Grange: Dankie julle almal waardeer julle. Dit was baie lekker Run gewees.
  • Rosemary Brink Tonkin: Awesome support, thank you
  • Cisca Louwrens: Pragtig, soos altyd!
  • Dorothy Viviers: Baie mooi
  • Hendrik Schoeman: Baie dankie vir die lekker water en gees
  • Joubert Krugel: Thank you for your support. It’s much appreciated.
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Vision 2020: S4J Projects

This forms part of a series of articles on the S4J. This is article 1 of the series.

The S4J team is super excited about what 2020 might hold. We aim at the start of this year to share a vision on a couple of aspects through which we trust that both the S4J family of athletes and supporters and those in the Sudans that we partner with, would be blessed.

S4J vision 2020 (1): Projects

We’re continuing with the FOUR projects established during the S4J 2019 year. Below these are just briefly mentioned to refresh our collective memory thereof. All of these projects are done in partnership with quality field partners. Working with and through them greatly increases the S4J team’s capacity to deliver support to where it’s really most needed. On our own, this work would simply NOT happen. The S4J STRONGLY believes in the value of partnering.

The Beja Peoples Project

In this, we focus on corrective eye surgeries among the Beja people.

The Bibles for the Sudans Project

We aim to fund at least 20000 Bibles during this year.

S4J Bibles Project

The S4J Children’s projects

This is focussed on children’s education in both South Sudan and Sudan.

From our partner at the New Life Ministry children Centre – South Sudan, we’ve received the following e-mail on Monday this week:

“Good morning. I hope you are both doing well. I’m thankful for this news. It’s my hope that this would be a new way for these vulnerable children to continue with their education and good living in the center without so much worry because the small blessing you are both giving it does really make so much difference again with hope for their future.

I’m so very much appreciating the funds you are giving, it’s not easy but it’s through your hard-working with love in you wanting to bring the change in these children’s lives. 

 I’m also looking forward to doing this work with you and to be giving you all the stories you might want to make this possible, with also hoping to receive you and share with you in the compound later in the future to see how God has blessed those orphans’ children in all these many years, and I will make sure the report you needed it’s also done and send to you in every time you want I promised.”

In the North, from Port Sudan, we’ve received this and much more. We’ve been heavily involved in supporting Christian education at Port Sudan before and would love to take up this challenge again. The school with which we partnered is under new management. That is very encouraging.

Water for THE Sudans Project

On the pic below is Eddie at the borehole sponsored by the S4J in Nimule. Sorry to mention that Eddie is no longer a full-time member at S4J. He still volunteers at the S4J with a grateful heart. We’re for now still connected with partners International Aid Services and still at Nimule in South Sudan through water filters.

Let’s take hands in making this vision a reality.

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