Town commemorates day

2016-06-08 06:00
LT.COL RIAAN JOOSTE, station commander of the Hopetown police, addressing residents during the town’s commemoration of International Missing Children’s Day.  Photo: Supplied

LT.COL RIAAN JOOSTE, station commander of the Hopetown police, addressing residents during the town’s commemoration of International Missing Children’s Day. Photo: Supplied

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SYLVIA KIERTIS (33) got the shock of her life when her three-year-old child disappeared from her sight and there seemed to be no way to find her.

One minute, Kiertis’s bubbly child was walking beside her in Percival Jas Park in the Stock ’n Stock suburb of Galeshewe and the next minute everyone was looking for the child in a frenzy.

Older Sunday school children volunteered to help in the search and ran around asking if anybody had seen the child. The search continued and Kiertis was in tears, crying over the thought of living without her child.

However, luck was on her side, as all of a sudden, people came to her carrying the child, who was found inside a local church.

The loss Kiertis almost experienced is actually a reality to other families all over the world. Internationally, the world marks Missing Children’s Day every year in June. In the Northern Cape, a partnership between the Hopetown police, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Education, churches and the Hopetown community saw International Missing Children’s Day being commemorated on Wednesday, 25 May.

The celebration was observed as part of Child Protection Month at the Hopetown community hall.

Around 300 children attended the event, which saw different role players relaying safety hints to the learners.

A moment of silence was observed and a candle was lit in remembrance of Priscilla Cronje (11), who went missing during 2007 in Hopetown.

The children were also spoilt with the South African Police Service’s Dlalu’funde play and enjoyed board-games, food and party packs.

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