The report has been published today
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I remember the weeks of June 2018. It was a most joyful week of my life when we were visited by students from the UK. They taught us different sports. I loved playing netball, hockey, rounders and riding a bike. They became our friends. They were all very friendly. They brought gifts for us. I was given some stationary and a leaders t-shirt. I was very sad when they were leaving. They gave us awards. I miss those days , I wish I could bring them back. Makhoba Nqobile
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Maeve Hendron: "I loved everything about the visit, but if I had to choose a favourite day it would be the last day at Mnyakanya: the sports and reading festival. Watching the Bambisanani leaders use the skills we had taught them over the past number of days evoked a true sense of pride. Regardless of the pouring rain everyone who took part enjoyed themselves and came away from the festivals feeling as if they had achieved something, whether that was learning a new sport or knowing that you have helped someone succeed in something new. The experience of Bambisanani was truly unique and has helped me to appreciate the opportunities that I have and how I can use my own talents to help others."
“Volunteering Work in South Africa reaches new heights”
St. Mary’s Sixth Form student and Bambisanani Partnership volunteer, Sylvia Cullen, was elected to the UK Youth Parliament this year.
Last week she was chosen to give evidence to the Government’s Digital, Media, Sport and Culture Select Committee in the House of Commons about two projects in her local area. Alongside a choir school project, Sylvia gave a presentation about the Bambisanani Partnership, detailing the work and impact of its programmes, both in the UK and South Africa, before presenting the chair, Damian Collins MP, with the latest Bambisanani book. The meeting was part of an inquiry undertaken by the committee looking into the effects of sport and culture on local communities and education; the report will be published in January.
Sylvia taking part in the June 2018 St. Mary’s visit to South Africa
This year the Bambisanani Partnership became involved in the British Council and Premier League Premier Skills initiative.
We're so proud of our 2017 South Africa Visit St. Mary's students who were honoured at today's #DianaAwardNorth event
Alessandra completes the Great North Run for the Bambisanani Partnership
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, and the Lady Mayoress, Councillor Pat Latty recently met with members of the Bambisanani team at the Civic Hall to recognise the work of the Leeds based charity in South Africa.
The annual Wenlock Olympian Games have a unique place in the history of world sport
Volunteering work in South Africa reaches new heights