That’s the spirit

2010-04-28 00:00

CHURCHES are not be outdone in preparing for the Fifa 2010 World Cup tournament.

This was evident yesterday when the eThekwini Community Church (ECC) youth organised a “Fiva 2010 Carnival” at Freedom Square in Pietermaritzburg.

ECC’s Pastor Vusi Dube said the carnival targets young people, especially teenagers, as the church believes they are the ones who are likely to be victims of various types of abuse during the tournament.

“With drug trafficking, prostitution and human trafficking expected to be on the increase, our children will be affected. Through this awareness carnival, we aim to bring them together so that they are not easy targets for drug peddlers and traffickers.

“Given that during the tournament there will be five weeks of no schooling, we aim to launch games for them so that they can keep themselves busy if they are not watching soccer on TV.”

Dube said the church is focusing on youngsters in Mbali, Sobantu, Ashdown and Dambuza and other townships, but the aim is to involve youths from every corner of Pietermaritzburg in the activities.

“Pietermaritzburg is the capital … we see the need to bring young people together and to do something during this historical event, instead of having them involved in destructive activities,” dube added.

Freedom Square was abuzz with people, many of them wearing Bafana Bafana jerseys. Some were blowing their vuvuzelas and dancing.

Carnival convener and youth member of the ECC Nozipho Ndlovu said the church is pushing hard to get young people involved in the World Cup, with the aim of getting the youth away from drugs.

“The tournament is history in our time, so as young people, we need to grab this opportunity to be part of it.

“More importantly, we have the mammoth task of visitors feel welcome in our country,” said Ndlovu.

The carnival is scheduled to visit various townships, where it aims to get the World Cup spirit going among residents.

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