On Sunday, 07 August, supporters of the good work done by STEPP rallied together to partake in the STEPP Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament. Against a snowy backdrop, competitors had a day full of fun and camaraderie. The tournament was originally arranged as a fundraising initiative to cover the running costs of STEPP, which are critical to the efficient running of the group.
A tennis tournament was chosen, as Barbara Paulo ' a part of the STEPP family ' is an avid tennis player and sees it as a sport that is fun, community-minded and geared towards gathering like-minded people for an enjoyable day in the effort of fundraising. STEPP benefits enormously from spending time with members of the community, as well as those a little more far afield; and the tennis tournament formed an effective extension of this, with people from Durban travelling to play. Participation was broad, including local and Durban tennis clubs; students from St Anne's, Cowan House and Maritzburg College; St Anne's staff and friends of the school.
The high standard of tennis played on the day never ceases to surprise, and the social matches provide an opportunity for a lot of fun. Sanele Lungwazi and his partner Nosipho from Durban won the A Section, Nick Hainsworth and Elicia Smit won the B Section and Theo Henning and Barbara Paulo won the Social Section. The most outstanding element of the day, however, was the overwhelming support for STEPP. The generous sponsors kindly made contributions. These sponsors include Hilton Village Build-It, Wedgewood, DSTV, Ntando Lungwazi and Richard Knowles donated tennis lessons, the DIY store in Hilton, and the numerous individual donations.
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Article supplied August 2011.