Many of the gogos have been turned on to sports thanks in large part to the help of Musa Nkuna from the Department of Culture and Recreation. He organized a display for me of all the competitive games they play at the competitions for seniors. A picture reputedly being worth a thousand words, here is a photo essay:
One member tosses the ring to a partner who catches it (hopefully) by poking the stick through the ring. Then the thrower runs to the catcher and takes the stick, while the first catcher runs the ring to the next team member in line, and takes her place at the back of the line. They continue until all have had a chance at throwing and catching. Whew!
The next photo has a back story. Thembi is relatively new to Sitabogogo. She first came for soup when the soup kitchen started a year ago. Not only was she challenged physically and wheelchair bound, but had a challenge with alcohol and hygienic care. She was encouraged to join in with the gogos’ activities and slowly, very gradually, she became an eager part of the group. She’s now there every day, cleaned up and raring to go. A very heart-warming success story.
Other competitions for seniors were the Duck Walk, Dress-up Race, and Juskei, but my photos for those were dubious. When Musa’s well organized demonstrations were done I felt I’d had a workout, too, dashing between my note-taking, still camera and video camera. Lots to show when I get home.