KNYSNA NEWS - While some scholars were enjoying the break from studying during the Christmas holidays, the cadets of the Sea Cadet Training Ship Knysna remained hard at work to keep their land-home presentable.
The Sea Cadets Unit is located at the eastern end of Knysna's Union Street, which is behind Food Lovers Market and its exterior was in severe need of attention.
Due to a lack of funds for paint and other maintenance materials, the much needed fresh coats of paint were put on hold "until further notice'' until a staunch supporter of the unit came to the rescue. An honoured guest at the annual prize-giving parade at the end of last year, Jim Parkes - CEO of GEO Parkes and Sons, volunteered to supply paint, solvents, brushes and rollers to spruce up the Unit.
As the cadets packed up their books for the school holidays, volunteers took up the challenge by the Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Charl Lamini and jumped to work armed with the new supplies.
By Christmas the unit was resplendent in its new coat of paint with all the weeds and windblown sand and dust cleared away.
The leaking roofs were also repaired, and cracked window panes replaced. As a reward for their enthusiastic participation, Parkes sponsored a braai at the unit with meat, rolls and soft drinks.
Lt Charl Lamini, office manager at the office of CJ Ballan Inc, and volunteer Commander of the Cadet Unit, expressed his delight and gratitude for the assistance of Parkes.
A friend of Parkes had arranged to visit Knysna with his luxury super yacht in early January, and offered the opportunity of a visit on the and a trip through the Heads. Things have been very busy for the Sea Cadets of TS Knysna!
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