Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pampering of the Senior’s:

Every Wednesday is very special day for the senior’s of Impact Direct, as they are treated like royalty, having their feet and nails pampered. The group consists of 180 seniors broken up into smaller groups of 20-25.

“When we come to have our feet pampered, we feel brand new like a different person, you feel the Love of the volunteers. I can’t wait for the next session” Gadija Joseph who has been coming for the pampering for 2 years.

“It’s an awesome experience; seeing different faces people, knowing that there’s different emotion’s that come along; I love taking the blood pressure, knowing that the pressure has underlying issues, bitterness emotional and unresolved issues; I always ask the Holy Spirit to lead me to edify the people.” Gail Osborne a volunteer at Impact Direct.

The pampering which has been running for 5 years now.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

RLabs at Rhodes High

Today RLabs went to Rhode’s High, to do their presentations, to promote the MoCo.

Thanks to Ricardo Johnson, a YMCA youth development officer, who does Life skills and Development at local school’s around the Western Cape, allowed RLabs to come and speak during 4 YMCA sessions at Rhodes High.

Brent Williams, Michael Abrahams, Reagan Allen and myself went to do the presentation.

Reagan and Brent had the kid’s in the palm of their hand’s with, their amazing public speaking abilities.

Rhodes High really welcomed RLabs to their school, they also have an amazing Head master, who is passionate about his learner’s.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Not Broken Easily.

Today the Impact staff treated the senior’s to a lovely movie, Not Broken Easily a movie based on a novel from T.D Jakes.

‘Dave and Clarice have been married forever; yet the things that they do not know about one another could fill up a small house. That is the basic problem in their marriage. They have grown apart over the years, rather than together. How many marriages are the same way?

The upper class African American couple who find that their marriage has fallen into disrepair right before their eyes. Neither one of them seem to be able to acknowledge the truth of the matter. They have gotten used to acting like nothing is wrong until they are involved in a near-fatal car crash and Clarice is seriously injured.

As David fails miserably at his attempts to take care of his wife; he finally admits that he no longer feels needed. Her lack of neediness and her inability to trust him with her fears is at the core of their problems. Suddenly; the wonderful life that they have built is no longer enough. The house, the cars and the material possessions are no longer fulfilling because they both realize that they have lost that loving feeling between them.’

“The senior’s loved the story and said they want their kids to watch it, and related to the story as well.” said Gloria Brooks, Impact Staff member.

The staff was happy that the senior’s enjoyed the movie, perhaps it could become an usual event.

Friday, February 19, 2010

♥ Senoir’s Valentine’s ♥

This Valentines Day the seniors of Bridgetown, Silvertown, Kewtown and Bontehuwel celebrated the Love at Impact Direct, who hosted a celebration of Love and Faith.

The celebration was opened by a lovely word from Pastor Jenny Peterson, who spoke from the bible, Exodus 14 vs. 13”Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
” about Faith and Love, she also added its very wonderful to Love, to Love without expectations.

“To me it was as if they were re-living the youth; They felt rejuvenated, all wanted to be loved; Everyone contributed to the snacks” Rae Goedeman, a volunteer at Impact Direct said.

We also celebrated Pastor Roger and Pastor Jenny Peterson’s 38th Wedding Anniversary, who are still very much In Love with each other, Mr & Mrs Damtu’s 48th Wedding Anniversary and Mr Mayor 70th Birthday.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

After Care at Impact Direct:

Every Monday and Wednesday, Impact Direct host kids from Kewtown Primary, a school adopted by Impact Direct, which is situated in the less fortunate area of Athlone.

The kids who’s ages range from 10 to 13, have been coming to Impact Direct for the past 3 years, the brain child of Pastor Jenny, who saw the need in the community to show kids that they are not unloved.

Kyle Jonck who has been involved since the launch, while juggling studying for his B.Com in Economics, has fostered a wonderful relationship built on trust with the scholars.

The program teaches the kids about life skills, honouring, listening ,communication, respect, obedience, loving one another as well as educational material such as reading, maths, spelling. A meal is also provided.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

2010, More than Football

Launch of 2010 SM Sessions by Reconstructed Living Lab.

Marlon Parker Doing Presentation by Reconstructed Living Lab.

After two consecutive years of social media for social change training under the umbrella of Rlabs, this past weekend they launched the 2010 social media for social change sessions. This is the 3rd year of training happening together withImpact Direct and CPUT. For 2008 -2009 Rlabs trained more than 70 men, women and teens on the platform of social media. The launch for 2010 social media for social change sessions 17 people signed up to join the mom3.0 and the reconstructed sessions this year.


This was the first year when Marlon Parker took a gamble to take ex-drug addicts and ex-gangsters into the Lab at CPUT to teach them computer skills in a undisciplined way which was social media. Something that I have to highlight we knew nothing about computers besides knowing how to steal them. Later in the year Rlabs launched the mom2.0 this was house wives of the community which did the same training (social media for social change).


The intake of 2009 mom2.0 and the reconstructed sessions was facilitated by a team of the 2008 graduates remember they knew nothing about computers and social media but they managed to take them through to graduating the end of December 2009.


A very interesting year again a team of 2009 graduates will manage the sessions. This year’s sessions will be more spiced up the training will not only be manage in the Rlabs it will be more practical where the students will go into the community, malls, mountain and beaches to take video clips and pics and do their stories around that.

As a graduate of 2008 I’m a witness how champions are being developed through this Rlabs project. A message to these years’ students if you know nothing about computers and social media you are a perfect candidate of becoming a great champion for the community.