Crisis centre changes name

2016-03-23 06:00
The Choices For Life team (from left) Jane Wright, Buhle Majozi, Lulama Zondi, Danièle Gradwell and Ntokozo Mkhize.x

The Choices For Life team (from left) Jane Wright, Buhle Majozi, Lulama Zondi, Danièle Gradwell and Ntokozo Mkhize.x

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THE Pregnancy Crisis Centre has unofficially changed its name to Choices For Life (CFL).

“We believe this name more accurately reflects the scope of our work. The name CFL will have a wider gender appeal as we assist both males and females. We want to be more inclusive in our approach,”said Danièle Gradwell.

“Founded in 1991, we are a non-profit organisation providing sexual health education and counselling services to young people and families facing crisis pregnancies and associated issues. We focus on counselling and healthy relationship education in schools and on campuses because we believe an informed choice is a healthy choice. Our vision is to speak truth, show love and bring hope to young people who need our assistance,” she said.

Due to the high rate of teenage pregnancy in South Africa, the organisation’s response is a commitment to equipping young people to change their behaviour and make healthy choices regarding their sexuality and relationships.

“The undiluted sexual health programme aims to empower young people with the motivation to be sexually responsible and equips them to make sexual choices with their future dreams and goals in mind. The nine-week programme is aimed at high school pupils and is presented during life orientation class,” Gradwell said.

The programme raises awareness of the consequences of teenage parenting while creating a firm belief in abstinence as an intervention to the HIV-Aids pandemic and other sexually transmitted infections. The organisation has also tailor-made a presentation for Grade 6 and 7 pupils.

“Although our first priority is to focus on the greater Amanzimtoti area, we are prepared to meet needs outside of our community as they arise. Our programme is presented in community schools and other learning institutions during school hours,” Gradwell said.

Since the programme was established in 2008, it has presented to more than 28 000 pupils and students on campus. Anyone who wishes to partner with it to help grow the organisation can contact prc@saol.com or 031 903 7359. - Supplied.

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