No Existence Without Co-existence – South Africa
While on conference we embarked on adventure activities, visited a school run down by HIV-AIDS and poverty as well as donating everyday items and designing a personalized t-shirt for a child of any age at the support a stranger activity. We also listened to several motivational speakers including a very humorous African man from a background of impossible hardship, a mountaineer inspiring us with the concept of taking and using opportunities given, a wild life photographer, who taught us that we not only had to co-exist with each other as the human race but with animals as well, a geologist and a rhino conservationist. One evening was spent in Kruger National Park where we enjoyed listening to African dancers and drummers before heading to our cabins where we slept listening to the distant calling of lion prides.
Our adventure to the continent of Africa was more than just a conference and a bus trip. On the way we encountered adversity, adventure and a need for common decency. We will never forget the people we met there, and know that such a feeling of accomplishment will be hard to come by in the future. It made us realise that our generation is not the generation of the future – but the generation of the present. We can make a change, through respect, loyalty, compassion, mateship, endearment and love. There truly is no existence without co-existence.