Initiative teaches communities about the basics

2016-05-11 06:00

MANY people around the city enjoyed their long weekend taking part in various festivities, but journalist and community activist Jerry Barnes took his community around Panorama back to basics in an educational event.

Barnes, in conjunction with Eastwood Clinic, Msunduzi Traffic Department and Gift of Givers joined hands in educating communities from Panorama, Esitimeleni and Jesmondene about road safety and health awareness.

Barnes said there are many children from these areas who walk or play on the road.

“It is really worrying to see small children­ playing on the road or walking to tuck shops without their parents. We also get a lot of adults walking on road unsafely because they are under influence of alcohol. On this one there is no need to point fingers, but a platform to educate each other is needed,” said Barnes.

Eastwood Clinic staff offered advice about health care and also tested community members for illness.

“In areas such as Esitimeleni and Jesmondene­ (Emikhukhwini) some community members are too old or too sick to walk to the Eastwood Clinic. We also identified children who are in need of vitamins,” said Barnes.

Raj from Msunduzi Traffic Department warned children about playing on the road and warned parents about walking on the road after drinking alcohol­.

“To you my children, it’s a big no, no. You must rather play in the yard at home or in the grounds otherwise you will be exposed to danger. To our uncles, big brothers or sisters, remember that jay walking under the influence of alcohol is not good and is unsafe for everybody.”

Gift of the Givers donated soup and personal hygiene packs to community members who attended the event.

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