Gelukskinders Foundation

Amira Gelukskinders Netball Tournament

There are those days that are guaranteed to come that you don’t know how they will turn out.

The first informative talks began in 2021 from the girl who told Amira she would like to play netball, but she didn’t have such a nice sports outfit until the final tournament on 21 October 2023.

Many reflections, meetings, discussions with all kinds of municipal, provincial authorities and schoolprincipals and what more followed. Netball poles with nets, balls and sports kits had to be supplied and installed across all participating schools. The end result was a tremendous success.

The opening was performed Mr Adams, former headmaster of Promosa Primary School and Ms Tladi, provincial director of education and sports. Amira then sang 3 songs together with Funeka and then also took the floor herself. The enthusiasm within these three people was enormous.

180 well-prepared children were extremely amused and showed among themselves a tournament that was not only competitive but also cheerful, enthusiastic and sporty.

The volunteer referees, provided by the NWU, were equally enthusiastic and had never experienced this before.

All the teams were winners that day and received medals and each team a trophy.

The organisation around it also went well. All children were well taken care of that day with breakfast, an ice cream in between, apples, bananas, a mini-chicken menu and unlimited drinks. The coaches and spectators present were able to eat along with them.

Gelukskinders thanks every organisation that selflessly offered their help, from sports department to the organising Promosa school, especially Ms Habertjie deserves a big compliment, the many large and small volunteers, the NWU, Mrs. Botha, Glotron, sports jersey manufacturer, which spent many hours on proofs, measuring the players, adjustments to the design of jerseys. Jolly Junge Gym for installing the netball poles with the nets at the various schools. The Gelukskinders volunteers also deserve mention. Mr Adams and Mr Vandenhout drove many kilometres and attended meetings as well as keeping their finger on the pulse in other areas. Videotheque for sound.

11 teams participated: schools Tshupane, Keotsipile, Opang Diatla, Boka Moso, Promosa, Dan T Loome, Loula Fourie, Bright Beginnings, Padi, Lesego and Ikalafeng.

The Ikalafeng school also brought a dance group.

Gelukskinders looks forward to 2025, where many more schools will participate, 27 with a total of 42 teams. Gelukskinders will then be hosted by NWU of Potchefstroom.

Gelukskinders would like to emphasise that the cooperating organisations were impressed by our constant efforts and have promised further help.

We also thank the sponsors of this whole thing who contributed during some actions through Amira’s fan site.

Of course, also our thanks to the all-time greatest VIPS of the day that were the netball players.

Viva Amira and her dream: All children have the right to play.

(Normal maintenance work continued as normal)