Edu-fair provides fun and education for young and old

2011-03-21 00:00

PUPILS, teachers, parents and community members flocked to the Love to Live edu-fair held at Mountain Rise school grounds yesterday.

Pupils from 38 schools in Pietermaritzburg competed in music and drama contests, with the motivational talks in between.

Funfair rides and a vintage car show kept young and old entertained.

uMgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee, in his address, urged the youngsters to talk to someone when they need help and to say “no” to drugs.

“You’re the future. Focus on your studies and take responsibility for your destinies,” Bhamjee advised.

Dr Dan Moodley, the organiser and founder of Love to Live, said he was happy about the turnout and the support the event had received.

“We do this every year because we can really see the difference in these children’s lives and we want to see them grow and unleash their potential,” he added.

Love to Live is a local non-profit organisation that started 11 years ago to tackle issues such as teenage suicide, drug abuse and HIV and Aids, and hosts annual campaigns and road shows.

A grade nine pupil of Northbury High School, Tristin Pillay (14), who came first in the singing competition, said she was ecstatic about the trophy she won.

“I was once forced to do drugs by my peers, but I said no because I know my values and know where I’m going,” she said.

Smamf Chamane (38) came with her two-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. The mother from Glenwood said the day wasn’t just educational but also fun.

“The event accommodated everyone. I just hope that the message will make a difference in the lives of our children because they face so many pressures and their lives are too fast,” she added.

 

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