Shrieks of joy can now be heard on Atlantis’ dunes over weekends as kids from this notorious gangland area flock to be part of some healthy fun in the sun. Youngsters from this area seem to be embracing an initiative by Capetonian Tessa Bredenkamp, who has established a sandboarding club to keep them off the streets and brighten their lives. Large parts of Atlantis are known for gangsterism and violence and Tessa, who has experienced sexual abuse herself, believes these weekend gatherings will show Atlantis’s kids that there is more to life than gangs, drugs and violence. “I hope it will influence and inspire them in a positive way”, says Tessa, who is paying for all of this out of her own pocket.
Sandboarding brings smiles