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Charity Golf Day

Golf ball about to fall in hole

 

Join us at the stunning Cookridge Hall for a day of golf in aid of our Gryphons Abroad project to South Africa.

The day will include a round of 18 Hole Championship Golf with prizes for the top 3 teams as well as a competition for the ‘longest drive’ and ‘nearest the pin’. We will finish the day with a post round meal, prizes and a raffle.

Venue: Cookridge Hall
Date: 28th April 2017
Time: 11am – first tee time
Cost: £160 per team of 4 people

Order of the Day

  • 10am: Arrival and registration, including tea and coffee
  • 11am: First Tee Time – 18 holes of Championship Golf
  • 4:30pm: Post Round Meal including prizes, presentations and raffle

Rules

  • Teams of 4 with the best 2 Stableford scores on each hole to count.
  • Maximum Handicap 28 for Men and 36 for Ladies

Course Details

Offering spectacular views across the Yorkshire Dales, Cookridge Hall continues to pave the way in setting the standards for golf in Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond. Our par 72 championship golf course caters for golfers of all abilities whilst inside our 18th century clubhouse; you will find exceptional service and unrivalled hospitality.

All money raised will support us in delivering a life changing sport and education programme in South Africa.

A Trip to the Orphanage

In the second week of their South African Adventure, our Gryphons Abroad team paid a visit to the Zulufadder Orphanage. Here they tell us all about it.

Rachel Weaver

Spending the past 2 days at the Zulufadder Ophanage has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life, seeing children who have next to nothing, smile as if they have the world is a truly amazing sight. Initially the children were timid and curious as to what a bunch of strangers were doing visiting the orphanage but within a few minutes of us being there I’ve never experienced a group of children wanting as much love and attention as these. Both days were full of playing games, cuddles and laughter and was a real eye opener as to how something as small as a colouring book or ball can make so many children so happy! Before arriving at the orphanage Andy had told us about Poppy, the lady who runs the orphanage, and how amazing she is but nothing could compare to actually meeting her!

Poppy is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, her ability to control 65 children aged 2-6 was admirable and you could see that every child saw her as a role model. I have honestly never met someone as happy and enthusiastic as Poppy and I really aim to be as passionate as her from now on! These 2 days were unforgettable and are moments I will cherish for the rest of my life!

Jessica Foggarty

Our visits to the orphanage were nothing like I ever could have imagined.  I was expecting a really challenging and upsetting environment but in reality it was much different.  Although the children come from very difficult backgrounds it is far from obvious.  Over the two days we spent at the Zulufadder orphanage I was able to get to know the most amazing group of children.  The love, laughter and cuddles that these children were able to give and receive was nothing like I have ever experienced before and it really hit me that happiness is not something we get through material items and having the money to be able to do great things but instead from the people we surround ourselves with.  Poppy – the lady who runs the Zulufadder orphanage is honestly the most incredible woman I have ever met and will ever meet.  The work she puts in to ensure the children eat, learn and love just like any other children is utterly inspiring.  I really hope that I can come back in the future and help her to continue the work she does there.  There is a lot that I have taken from this trip but my visits to the orphanage provided me with an experience that has hit me hard, I will never ever forget it and I have been inspired to keep helping people in the future.

 

Shona Mcleaod

The orphanage had the most profound impact on me as a person. Working with children is foreign to me and was a huge learning curve. It really showed me how simple things can make people happy and have a positive impact on someone’s life. Seeing the children smiling and offering the ‘older’ role model position gave the children someone to cuddle and become friends with. Reading, colouring and playing with the children and seeing how happy this made them is something I will never forget. It really showed me how important the little things in life are. Saying goodbye to Poppy was one of the saddest parts of the trip. She is by far the most amazing woman I have ever met. Her happiness radiates into those around her and I couldn’t think of anyone better to run such a brilliant centre. I will never forget this experience and I am grateful to have the opportunity to take part.

Eamonn Laird

As a group I think we were all in agreement that the visit to the orphanage would be the most significant experience of the trip and provide insight into a situation far removed from our own family setups. Arriving at the orphanage we were given the most heartfelt and enthusiastic welcome from Poppy who ran the orphanage, her welcome was a perfect representation of the atmosphere and feeling we would find running through the orphanage.

Regardless of the situation the children may be in, there was no feeling of sadness at the orphanage, simply children enjoying being children. The joy the children took from what we would consider the simplest items, a ball, a colouring book, a skipping rope, was over whelming and provides a great example to us all that we should not lose that enthusiasm for even the wee things.

 

Rosie Victoria Kerr

It’s so incredible meeting a group of children who are so happy, joyful and smiley, despite having all lived through deprivation of some sort, whether it be losing one or both parents, or a background of poverty. Both days when we initially arrived at the orphanage, the children were shy and reserved, after 20 minutes they were jumping all over us, playing games and just enjoying spending time with us. There was a lot of laughter over the two mornings we spent at the orphanage and it was great to feel that even for a few hours the children felt enveloped in love and attention. I think my favourite moment of the whole trip was seeing Poppy, the incredible lady who runs the orphanage, get so immensely excited about seeing donations of kit, clothes and books. This moment will stay with me for a lifetime.

Sian Jones

Our last couple of days in South Africa was spent at the Zulufadder Orphanage in Eshowe, and it was an incredibly enriching experience. The children were some of the happiest and most excited children I’ve ever met; they jumped into our arms and there wasn’t a moment where we weren’t holding a child or laughing and having a good time. The real star of the show was Poppy, the lady who has run Zulufadder since it started and a lady that is incredibly inspiring and so grateful for all the things we were able to donate. It was sad leaving the orphanage but it was great to see that all the kit was going to such a fantastic cause, as well as the children looking very cute in their tiny kits. I had one of the best days I’ve had here in south Africa, and it was very emotionally draining but I would happily do it all over just to see their big smiles again.

Gryphons Abroad – day 2

Day 2 in the schools is now complete in the Gryphons Abroad camp and we’ve had our latest update from the team about how it went

Rachel Weaver

On the second day we worked at Gratton School again. During the first session we did leadership and worked mainly on communication, we led games such as blindfolded obstacle courses to encourage the importance of communication. Our second session was our curriculum lesson, Sian led this lesson and it was about Business. We did a dragon den styled lesson where the children invented “the best gift ever” for a family member or friend; they designed things such as a safe house for their family or a box of things they enjoy. Our final session was on netball; most of the girls had previously played before and so were really excited! We did a few drills and games that prepared the school for the netball tournament we led after lunch. During the tournament our school got split into 4 teams, my team did really well just missing out on the finals! Overall I really enjoyed today, the children always had a smile on their faces and even after 2 days of working with them I could see how much they had  developed in confidence and leadership.

 

 

Eamonn Laird

Starting the second day at Gratton the group were all feeling confident and enthused after their successful first day. Our group worked on netball first, a sport which a lot more of the children seemed to have played before and picked up the drills very quickly. The second session of the day we worked on leadership, a highlight was having one of the children stand up and lead part of the session, running a game they had learnt on the first day. The personal highlight of the day, and although we have several days left, it will probably be the highlight of the trip, was having a whole class room of students sing the “Flower of Scotland”. Sofia was delivering an art class and asked the class to draw a symbol which represents them. I myself drew a Scottish flag. I showed it to the class and asked them to guess what it was, they were able to answer very quickly as they had recently had a Scottish teacher at their school. They had been taught the Scottish national anthem for the teacher leaving so were more than happy to break into song which I of course joined in with.

“I always knew I would have some special moments in South Africa but never thought I would have one that special and that personal.”

 

 

Sian Jones

Another day at The Gratton School brought huge smiles and even more fun for us and the children! The three sessions went superbly well and the children loved all the things we taught them. The second lesson of the day tested my knowledge and put my teaching abilities to the test as I ran a “Dragon Dens” style exercise. It was a real pleasure to see the children, who originally did not want to present to the class, thrive and receive the highest points. It highlighted how the leadership section of our teaching was paying off and how we’ve helped them over the past few days. A personal highlight for me was seeing those students, who during the sports session were unmotivated and uninterested, wanting to play more and more netball during the sports competition at the end. It’s been a fantastic experience at Gratton, and the final day is looking to be even better!

 

First day at school

After settling in, the Gryphon’s Abroad team have enjoyed their first day of school.  

Read about how they got on with our student blogs below and keep an eye out tomorrow for the next update…

Rosie Kerr

The first day in South Africa did not disappoint! No amount of stories or pictures could have prepared us for how amazing the children are. After being shown round Gratton School by the head teacher and feeling pretty emotional after seeing the non-profit hostel run by the school, we were thrown straight into teaching the children. They were so excited to hear what we had to say! Snapchat face swap went down an absolute treat too! Can’t wait for more of the same tomorrow!

 

Ellie McGrath

What an amazing first day! Once we arrived at the school we were taken on a little tour around by the Principle. The one thing that really sticks in my mind and what definitely pulled on our heartstrings was being shown the wall of motivational quotes in the dining hall. The kids were awesome, so full of energy and always happy. I have never seen smiles like it when the football was brought out.

The first day has been brill and I cannot wait for the rest of this trip!!

 

Jess Fogarty

What a day!  From meeting the most amazing children, who literally go full force into everything they do, to having the opportunity to teach them and to play with them (whilst also maybe getting a little too competitive during a hockey tournament) to chilling out at the hotel, playing cards with the group (who are already some of my best friends) and getting excited about tomorrow by planning out the day in full, p.s. tomorrow is netball, it’s time to get excited!  I honestly don’t think there are enough words or pictures to demonstrate how fantastic this place is and how much of an impact the children here have already had on us all… I can’t wait for tomorrow!

 

Charli Brunning

Once again, Africa has not failed to disappoint, and it’s only day one!

Having been shown around the school grounds, the school crop fields and the boarding hostel, we were ready to get started with coaching and leadership lessons.

We were told, last night that the children were super excited to meet us, and we were certainly not disappointed. We were greeted by the most enthusiastic children who were keen to ask questions of us and our culture, especially getting us to say and repeat many words that they thought sounded funny in our accents! It was incredible that they were not afraid to get stuck right in with our hockey tournament, especially for those who had never picked up a hockey stick until today.

An incredible day, filled with a lot of love, learning and laughter. Here’s to the next 2 weeks!

 

Find out more about the project and apply to be part of the team for next year on the Gryphons Abroad Webpage