Rested up and ready for action, we started off the day with some singing and a time for journalling before heading off for festival training in our communities for the first time.
The Athlone team were lucky and didn't to travel anywhere as their training was in the building where we are staying. However, they did get a tour of the area by our local member of the team, Derek, before teaching some festival skills. They had the chance to put their skills to the test with the kids of the creche, who really enjoyed themselves, particularly liking 'What's the time Mr Lion?'.
The Red Hill team had some adventures on their way to Red Hill, about an hour away. At one stage they were all taking a pictures by the side of the road of what they thought was a whale, when in fact it was a bouy with a whale's tail attached to it - quite a funny sight! Red Hill has its own little version of Apartheid, being segregated into several areas housing groups of the same 'race'. They met up with 8 or so people working in the community who were committed to seeing the community come together. Some exciting things to come!
The third part of the team went to Atlantis, a town of roughly 50,000 people also an hour away, and is mainly a 'coloured' community. There was a team of 10 volunteers, most of them teenagers, who were keen to see something different in their community. One of the highlights of the time includes teaching some of the centre games in the park where we are having the festivals, and 70 kids rocking up to koin in almost instantly and we hadn't even started a festival! So we have no doubt that we will draw quite a crowd for the festivals starting on Thursday.
Tomorrow we start our second day of festival training and also have a community braai (South African barbeque) in the evening before watching the South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana, play a game.