Artskills this month hosted a very special South African Visitor from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race!
Lebalang Molobele, a 22 year old South African from Meadowlands near Johannesburg, met with Artskills participants at The Playhouse, talked about her experiences, and showed them some dance moves during their a dance workshop!
Foyle International Maritime Festival from 21 to 29 June was held in honour of the homecoming festival Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014, welcoming the 12 strong fleet of Clipper 70 yachts into the Foyle including the Derry~Londonderry~Doire entry. During the Festival Lebalang met with participants of the award winning and innovative Playhouse Artskills Project, which offers unique creative training for participants , including employer recognized qualifications through the arts.
Like most of the other Clipper bursary candidate, Lebalang Molobele had no previous sailing experience, she applied to participate in a leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. It's the only global sailing event that trains amateurs to take on the adventure of crossing some of the world's most demanding oceans; it has a proven track record of personal development, especially with young people from challenging backgrounds.
Sapinda is providing the financial support for the initiative in an endeavour to provide young adults from challenging backgrounds across South Africa with the opportunity to acquire a unique set of life skills and at the same time encourage them to become a catalyst and role model within their own respective communities.
Lebalang heard about the Sapinda Rainbow Project through Diepsloot Youth Projects. She says she applied because it seemed like an adventure and something very different - she had a fear of water and thought it would help her overcome this. Before Lebalang became involved in the Sapinda Rainbow Project, she like many graduates was job hunting and trying to give her career a jump start and would volunteer on occasions and join youth clubs and programmes.
Lebalang says that being involved in this project has made her understand who she is and what she wants, that she may not have the perfect answer but understands herself a bit better. This project has made her realise that strength is not only physical but comes in different forms, and just because you don't have big muscles does not mean you cannot reach the goal...there are different ways to reach the same goal.
Clipper will return to the City in 2015/16 and it is the intention of Derry City Council that a number of bursaries will be available for young people in Derry to participate in the race.