The Skate Escape

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“We are just regular people who are trying to make a difference in a tough community. Skateboarding is giving these kids opportunities that they would not normally get to experience.” These are the words used by Zean Ferreira to present his intiaitve, Nollie Faith, founded in 2011. This young white South African from the northern suburbs of Johannesburg wanted to make a difference and change the life of the youngsters of the tough community of Johannesburg CBD. One day after work, he noticed some kids racing old tyres in the street. He thus decided to introduce skateboard and give free lessons to a small group of children and teens of the Jeppe area, an under-served neighbourhood of the city center. Today, dozens of children and teens aged 5 to 18 meet Zean and his friends every Saturday tp make the most of this positive opportunity for recreation. The lessons have happened to be an empowering experience for them. Not only can they learn skateboard, something they might have never been exposed to without Zean's intiative, they can also escape their rough daily life with a few hours of fun and laughter. They build trust in themselves and social capital between each others. They can broaden their horizons and hope. A skate escape, that is the whole spirit of Nollie Faith.
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