Our second Aqua Day for 2019 was a huge success and drew a bumper crowd on 11 December…

A partnership between 9Miles Project, Strandfontein MFMC (Municipal Facilities Management Committee) and the City of Cape Town, Aqua Day was conceived out of the desire to offer positive beach recreational
activities to children who don’t always have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of aquatic activities and all that our coastline has to offer.

Children and community members come from far and wide to enjoy activities like kayaking, surfing, beach soccer, and volleyball, environmental talks, displays by the NSRI and Strandfontein Lifesaving and much more.

In March over 300 people enjoyed the activities but the December event was bigger and better than ever and reached 750 people, taking our total impact for both events to over 1000 people.

Some fast facts: 

  • 750 meals (hot dog rolls and chips) were served on the day thanks to the 9Miles Cafe ladies and Brent and his team from Strandfontein AFC
  • 600+ kids and guardians were in attendance 
  • Activities on the day included: Beach soccer, touch rugby, beach volleyball, kayaking, surf lessons, drumming, “Come and Play” games, Zumba and fitness by MITS, Strandfontein Lifesaving and NSRI demonstrations, Blue Flag environmental awareness talks, City of Cape Town Health Services exhibitions, sandcastle building and more…

We are grateful to all the community organisations, local government, volunteers, and ocean partners who pulled together for this special community event – whether it was allocating funding or resources, timekeeping, taking photos, frying a gazillion chips, marshalling kids, doing registration, keeping kids safe on the beach, running educational sessions, or burning to a crisp out in the water, we value you all!

Thanks to Deon Bing, surf reporter and media personality, for coming out and spending some time with the kids on the day as well.

Photo credits: Thank you to Craig Christians Photography and Lily Madison Photography for capturing these beautiful pics of the day.