Uncategorized - August 10, 2016
#CrawfordTracktheTorch was a campaign launched throughout all CrawfordSchools™ of South Africa and aimed to send best wishes and support to our five Crawfordians who are members of the South African team taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Our five Old Crawfordians, who have qualified for the Olympic Games, are Michael Meyer (Crawford Sandton), Dylan Bosch (Crawford Sandton), Michelle Weber (Crawford La Lucia), Jared Crous (Crawford Pretoria) and Cameron van der Burgh (Crawford Pretoria). Through this campaign we aimed to encourage the children of the Crawford community to follow their dreams through seeing the success of the Old Crawfordians and to create awareness around the excellent history of Old Crawfordians in the Olympics – Matthew Brittian and Cameron van den Burgh have all won Gold Medals.
The campaign was also aimed at engaging the CrawfordSchools™ online community through sharing messages of encouragement for the school children taking part in the Torch Relay as well as the Old Crawfordian Olympians.
The CrawfordSchools™ Torch began its journey on the 19th July from Crawford La Lucia in Kwa-Zulu Natal and made its way through all the Crawford schools to end its journey at Crawford Pretoria on the 5th August where it was welcome by all staff, pupils, parents and the children of Crawford Pretoria.
The torch was flown in to Crawford La Lucia on a Crawford branded helicopter and carried by Mrs Jill Kotze who was a team member of the Barcelona Olympics team in 1992. Jill was a swimmer former South African Record holder. Jill was accompanied by her three children – all students of Crawford La Lucia – and who help her to light the torch to begin its journey.
After leaving Crawford La Lucia, the torch made its way to Crawford North Coast carried by Graeme Weber who is the brother of one of the Olympians, Michelle Weber. At Crawford North Coast there was a great celebration including a “Rio Carnival Day” and moving the torch between the three school phases from pre-primary to the preparatory to the high school. The torch then made its way to Crawford Italia carried by Grant Anderson, a current grade 11 student of Crawford North Coast. Grant handed the torch over to Crawford Italia where a ceremony was held for the children to write and release well wishes attached to helium balloons and releasing white doves in honour of the 5 Olympians.
The torch was then transported to Crawford Sandton on the Crawford branded helicopter carried by Jack Stephens who is the oldest student at Crawford Italia. The torch was received by Mrs Juliet Meyer, mother of Michael Meyer, and then handed from the College to the Preparatory and on to the Pre-Primary with great celebration. The torch then moved on to Crawford Village who handed it to Crawford Lonehill where the College held a Mini Olympics to celebrate the day. After moving from the College to the Preparatory and on to the Pre-Primary the torch was then run across to Crawford Pre-Primary Fourways and Preparatory where it was welcomed with the sight of the students seated in the shape of the Olympic Rings.
On the final day, the torch was run by five staff members, who are Comrades runners, from Crawford Fourways to the Centurion Gautrain station where the 5 staff members travelled to the Pretoria Gautrain station and carried to Crawford Pretoria to be met by the excited audience awaiting for the torch. The entire time of the trip had the Crawford branded helicopter flying above the torch and coming to greet the crowd on the arrival of the CrawfordSchools™ Torch.
The torch was carried onto the stage by Mr Gerhard Zandberg who represented South Africa at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and is a former student of Crawford College Pretoria. The crowd was entertained by two dance items by the students of Crawford Pretoria – a Rio dance item performed by the College and an Indian dance item performed by the Pre-Primary students. To end the proceedings, the Crawford College La Lucia choir sang the well-known song Barcelona by Freddie Mercury. There was also a show by BOUNCE South Africa who did a trampoline display by national and international gymnasts and trampoline specialists. Bonginkosi Mthombeni was the very capable and very entertaining MC for the event and had the audience involved in the show for the entire show.
The CrawfordSchools™ Torch will now burn for the duration of the Olympic Games, at Crawford Pretoria, to continue sending best wishes to the five Crawfordians and all the members of the South African Olympics Team.