My name is Micheala Dampies I am 18 years old.
I started GCU Rope skipping in 2007/2008 as a beginner and then qualified for provincial competitions and then there after qualified for national competitions which were held in Pretoria. I then got my Western Province colours in Rope Skipping.
Pretoria. The Backpack sponsored our trip to Pretoria which was absolutely incredible to have experienced. For my first time competing outside of Cape Town I achieved 2 Gold Medals and one bronze medal.
I belong to the project of GCU for approximately 8 years and have won more than 40 medals in total including Gold, Silver and Bronze. And have travelled to Durban, Johannesburg and have had the opportunity to fly on a plane for the first time EVER!!!!!
I Matriculated in 2014 and am Currently Studying Human Resource Management Thank you to the Backpack for sponsoring my fees to be able to study further. The Backpack has helped me a lot as well as the community project. I am one of many children that belongs the project that can say that The Backpack has done an incredible job helping us to see and experience various things. For example I had my first amazing tour with Hotspots which was extremely amazing. I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to see Elephants, Cheetahs, Tigers or even Snakes in real life. It was really a beautiful experience.
I started working at The Backpack when I turned 16 years old and I have been so blessed to be mentored by so many amazing women that teach me so many news things every day.
I am honoured to be part of the project of GCU and The Backpack. At the moment I am also tutoring and coaching at the community project as part of giving back to the project for all the years they have help me achieve what I never thought I ever would achieve.ENQUIRE
By donating your key deposit, you contribute to our Bursary Fund, which allows our staff to access this fund for their own studies or studies of their children or grandchildren. With your help, we have paid for Sbu (Sports administration 2nd year), Olwethu (3rd year Marketing) and Michaela (First year Human Resources) to go to University in 2015; Thando’s son Nathi to attend Grade R at a private school in the city; Portia’s daughter Rosemary to attend Grade R at an inner city school; Primrose’s son’s Grade 7 school fees; Cathy’s son’s Grade 4 school fees and for Caroline’s daughter Yonela to go to Cape College (First year administration). Michaela completed Grade 12 and is going on a safari. We are so proud of our staff and their kids and thank you to all our guests who have made this possible. This Bursary Fund is accessible to all our staff and is transparent.ENQUIRE
The Rope Skipping Project
Even though there are some girls kicking the football with Mario, to cater for girls an extra activity was added to the project — jump rope! This is a new sport craze sweeping over the youth of Cape Town. The Backpack has sponsored 12 girls who have made it into our Provincial Team. Sbu the coach has been an inspiration to the girls attending this program. He himself is a world champion.ENQUIRE
The Soccer Project
In an area of Cape Town notorious for gangsters, drug- and alcohol-related problems, one local — Mario van Niekerk — began a soccer program designed to keep kids off the streets and in school. Mario’s GCU Academy was born. In 2007, we met up with Mario and introduced an after-school homework, tutoring, and life skills program; in a neighbourhood where literacy is 24% and the average child drops out of school at 12 years old. Together with our guests, we have donated over R1000000.00!ENQUIRE
Vallies Stitch and Bitch Program
With the Vallies Stitch and Bitch Program, we have collectively knitted over one hundred blankets for AIDS orphans at Baphumelele Crèche in Khayelitscha Township. We have old age homes contributing to this project with their fantastic knitting skills. If you can knit plain, come along, relax in the lounge or bar at The Backpack, and knit a square or two! If you can’t knit but would like to contribute to keeping the little ones snug, we gladly accept donations of wool.ENQUIRE
Thank you for choosing to make a difference
Been traveling a while and got a pile of unwanted clothes in your backpack? Donate them at reception and we’ll sell them on your behalf, with the proceeds going to The Soccer and Jump Rope Project.
Whether it’s your time, your money, or both, you can be guaranteed the satisfaction and fulfillment of helping out children and people in need! By understanding, addressing and helping the social needs of the economically and socially disadvantaged communities of South Africa, we are able to work towards a just society in which all people get to share in the wealth of the country.
Choose to make a difference!ENQUIRE