Waves for Change helps kids rediscover themselves

Surfer kids from Duncan Village and Parkside will be riding one of the best waves in the world with top surfers from around the globe at the World Surf League in Jeffreys Bay this week.

The team of about 50 children from impoverished communities around Buffalo City Metro were selected through their respective schools to be part of the therapeutic Waves For Change programme.

HELPING HANDS: Waves for Change activation took place at the Orient Beach yesterday morning ahead of the two-day roadsshow where the young participants will be exploring different coastlines and interacting with others who are part of the programme. Former Springbok captain Corne Krige has been announced as the initiative’s new ambassador. Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

The programme, which boasts an impressive background in swimming coaching and administration, has been praised for transforming the lives of the young participants who were at first perceived to have behavioural issues.

Waves for Change founder, Tim Connibear, said at the East London launch this year that the programme builds trust, respect and communication skills in children who have experienced trauma like abuse, neglect and violence by teaching them to focus on something positive.

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