Youth Day celebrations at centre

2015-06-19 06:00
Photos: ntuntu dweba
The Vulindlela Productions team and volunteers who organised a concert for Peter Pearce Centre children to celebrate Youth Day. The organisation also donated clothes to the children.

Photos: ntuntu dweba The Vulindlela Productions team and volunteers who organised a concert for Peter Pearce Centre children to celebrate Youth Day. The organisation also donated clothes to the children.

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THE children at Peter Pearce Centre learnt about the importance of 16 June as they listened to motivational speeches during a concert at the shelter for abused and street children, in celebration of Youth Day on Wednesday. The event, organised by non-profit organisation Vulindlela Productions, saw the children singing, dancing, performing plays and reciting poetry.

Nceba Dedelo, co-founder of Vulindlela Productions, said they planned the event as part of their welfare and humanitarian programme. “We started this NPO as young people in Kokstad who want to help others and we got our certificate in December. So we decided to have this event at Peter Pearce to teach children about 16 June, to have fun with them and give hope for the future,” he said.

Vulindlela Productions deputy secretary Zandile Hlophe said she has a passion for young people. “I love to see young people succeed in life, that is why I am here today. I would love to see the young people here succeed. I want to see them beat the odds,” she said.

Dedelo explained the importance of Youth Day saying the youth of 1976 are celebrated today because they took a stand against oppression. “As young as they were, the likes of Hector Pieterson marched against being taught in Afrikaans which was regarded as the language of the oppressor. They stood against guns because they decided they wouldnand#039;t back down,” he said.

Vulindlela Productions volunteer Busiswa Jaca encouraged the children to take education seriously.

“I am here to tell you that education is the only tool that will assure you of a bright future. Study hard, donand#039;t take the opportunity you have to go to school for granted - it is very important so use it. “I donand#039;t come from a rich family, but because I wanted to go to university I applied for a student loan and now I am studying through NSFAS. I canand#039;t afford to fail. I work very hard to pass so that I donand#039;t waste time and money. I recently completed my in-service training and by the grace of God I will get a job soon,” she said.

Phakama Luthuli-Dada said in all things they must not forget God. “Jesus, the son of God, died for you to have an abundant life so you must read the Bible and pray to God for Him to prosper you,” she said.

Dedelo thanked Rolyats Spar and Phelisa Tshobede for sponsoring the food and snacks.

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