Recently the Richards Bay Christian School visited Station 19.
Crewman Brynn Gericke’s mother teaches Life Orientation at the school which, amongst other things, covers fitness, health and wellness, as well as touching on community service.
Brynn, and her mother, Celia, organised an outdoor fitness test at the base and used the opportunity to tell the children about Sea Rescue and what we do for our communities. The children are aged between 15 and 16 and it is hoped that some may like to become junior crew at the station.
In a letter of invitation sent to the children, Brynn gave an overview of NSRI and asked them to bring something from home in the form of a donation. It did not have to be anything new or expensive, and one of the suggestions they were given was cleaning materials that could be used at the base.
When they were handed the letter their imaginations ran wild with what would be expected from them on the day. They immediately assumed that they would be washing toilets …
On the day, Gavin Fordham spoke to the students about safety on boats and the beach, and how to look after yourself when in trouble after being washed out to the back-line. The students were then shown around the base and told what the volunteer crews do.
They were then put through their paces with a fitness test around the outside of the base ending with community service … they got to wash some of the base windows!