Nigel has just returned from a jam-packed trip to the East Coast where he spent lots of quality time with our St Francis Bay kids, connected with local partners, and forged new relationships at the local municipality…

Upon arrival on Thursday, 12 February, Nigel was warmly greeted by our kids and they were so happy to see him after 2 months…

Nigel and some of the boys…

In between lots of quality time with the boys, Nigel met with local partners and funders, and also met with Kouga Municipality (who kindly allow us to use a premises at St Francis Main Beach as a clubhouse)  to discuss the project and future developments .

We get by with a little help from our friends…

We are so grateful to Henku and his team from Christian Surfers Africa (CSALT) who spent time with Nigel and the boys, did a full spring clean and stock take at the clubhouse,  and then shared lunch with the boys before heading out surfing. Thanks to Nicole Nason for some of the awesome pics of the boys that were taken in the water and to the team for agreeing to spend more time with the boys in our absence…

CSALT volunteers doing a spring clean….
The boys with the CSALT crew at Main Beach…
Pic of Ethan taken by Nicole Nason
Lolle taken by Nicole Nason

Huge thanks also goes to St Francis Backpackers for their continued support and for being our official accommodation partner in St Francis. We’d like to warmly welcome new owners Ricki-Leigh and Jordan and thank them for being so helpful and welcoming.

A very special thanks goes to the office of Councillor Benson from Kouga Municipality for allowing us to have youth development programmes in the clubhouse and for future support which will help us build capacity in the area.

an amazing view from the clubhouse deck…

As always, we are immensely grateful to St Francis United Church for their monthly financial support of the project and the use of their vehicle when we are in the area.

van packed to the gills with kids and surf apparel….

A busy weekend

Nigel’s last few days with the boys were busy and exciting, and started with a youth gathering at Victory Youth on the Friday evening which was a lovely social night spent interacting with the Jeffreys Bay community…

Saturday brough more surfing at Seal Point in Cape St Francis. Even though it’s so near to St Francis Bay, it’s a world away for the boys and it was so heartwarming to see the local surfers and community engaging the kids. The boys felt so proud to be welcomed by the community and their presence created quite a buzz amongst the locals.

A very special and poignant moment was the “Respect and honour” lesson on the beach where everyone shared what they are grateful for and it was just an awesome time of fellowship and bonding.

But the fun didn’t stop there –  the evening continued at Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth where pizza and ice cream…and just hanging out…were the order of the day

Movie, pizza and ice cream night…

Sunday started and ended with church at St Francis United but they managed to squeeze in some surfing at Cape St Francis in between…

A highlight for Nigel was spending time with some of the boys’ parents and just catching up with them It was thrilling to learn that two of our boys, Ethan and Erin are currently doing lifesaving training and just seeing how much all the boys have grown and matured was such a proud moment.

Partner with purpose…

Our main focus for the year is to create awareness for the project in the Kouga and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipalities, and also to get more supporters which will allow us to appoint permanent coaches and expand our offerings to the local community.

If you would like to come on board as a local supporter, donor or partner please contact us on info@9milesproject.org or 082 997 8754