Two of our main projects are:

Rally to Read

For the past 4 years, Bay Union has been an active supporter of the KZN Rally to Read, a literacy development programme focused on supporting learners and teachers in rural primary schools.

The over-arching aim of the Rally to Read is to develop the reading and writing skills of learners in remote schools – to ensure they are equipped to cope with secondary school education and positioned to craft their own careers, thereafter. Such schools generally face unique challenges including inadequate facilities and resources and under-prepared teachers. The Rally provides them with support in both these areas.

The Rally programme is implemented by the Read Educational Trust which selects excellent quality reading materials for the grade R-7 learners; and provides in-person support and training to the teachers of these schools. Each carefully-selected cluster of schools is supported for a 3-year period, ensuring that the programme becomes embedded in the schools and continues to have an impact into the future.

Rally partners, including Bay Union, collaboratively fund the purchasing of the books and the employment of expert Read trainers who are committed to working in support of these remote schools. Rally partners also volunteer their time, on an annual basis – and use their own off-road vehicles – to help deliver the materials to the schools.

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Bay Union has been a key and active supporter of the Siyaphambili Surf Ski Club since its establishment, by the Durban Undersea Club and Paddling Academy, in 2018. Its purpose? To facilitate the active participation of KZN youth, from disadvantaged backgrounds, within this sport.

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Participation in surf ski paddling requires very specific physical skills, appropriate equipment, a sound understanding of the oceans, determination and perseverance … as well as practice! For many young people in KZN, this was (and is) not practical. But for youth who joined Siyaphambili, this would become a reality.

Experienced and committed members of the Durban Undersea Club and the Paddling Academy, guided by volunteer Jacqui Boyd, pooled their expertise and commitment to ensure that the first group of young enthusiasts could be correctly equipped and introduced to the ocean at Vetchie’s Beach. Bay Union and other funders contributed the funding – and became actively involved – to ensure this exciting programme could commence and proceed apace!

The group of 10 youth who participated in the pilot, 6-month programme, were from Umgababa, 40 kms south of Durban.
Every Saturday they were transported, via mini-buses, to the Durban Undersea Club where they were provided with surf skis, safety equipment and essential training as well as the mentorship and practical involvement of experienced surf skiers. A breakfast concluded each session, before the boys were transported back home!

This pilot programme proved to be highly effective and inspiring, and ensured that the programme was able to gain traction, momentum and support over the subsequent years and that its format could be formalized into a Trust and registered as a PBO. Since then, additional youth have joined the group whilst some of the maturing members have moved on, confident and passionate about paddling in the ocean.

Siyaphambili in 2021

Siyaphambili is an ever-evolving programme and is making a sound impact in ensuring the surf ski sport becomes increasing inclusive and that the participating paddlers gain, in addition to sporting capabilities, broader life skills and ever-expanding life horizons.

In 2021 the programme actively pursued this expanding vision: