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OUP South Africa competes in alternative boat race

OUP South Africa competes in alternative boat race

01 December 2014

Oxford University Press (OUP) Southern Africa took part in an alternative Oxford–Cambridge boat race on Saturday 29 November.

Emulating the annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge universities, the Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read has taken place each year since 2010 in Cape Town.

Swapping traditional rowing for dragon boats, teams of employees from Oxford and Cambridge University Presses—which both have offices in the country—race through the V&A Waterfront, raising vital funds to support literacy.

All proceeds generated from the 2014 event went to The Shine Centre, a multiple-award-winning non-profit organisation that provides support in language and literacy to young children.  In 2014 Shine reading clubs have been established in five classes at Sosebenza Primary School in Khayelitsha. The money raised through Paddle to Read will be used to provide these classrooms with storybooks and readers.

Steve Cilliers, Managing Director of Oxford University Press Southern Africa, said: “Supporting reading through The Shine Centre is one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to education in general and literacy in particular. We pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who give freely of their time and other partners of Shine who support this cause.”

OUP Southern Africa publishes hundreds of locally-produced resources each year for learners and students in 11 languages, written by more than 700 South African authors. For more information, go to the OUP Southern Africa website.