Schauderville churches go the extra mile

2017-04-19 06:01
Participants in a Health Awareness Day that took place in Schauderville on April 8.

Participants in a Health Awareness Day that took place in Schauderville on April 8.

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THE Weis Memorial and Bethesda Congregational Churches in Schauderville joined hands to host events in an effort to address certain issues in their community.

Two of these events are a Career Day that took place last month and a Health Awareness Day on April 8. Both events took place at Weis Memorial due to its central location in the neighbourhood.

The churches’ main aim was to address the lack of information that often leads to people making uninformed decisions that could have far-reaching consequences. These decisions include career choices and medical treatments.

“Decisions are made on a daily basis that impact our lives either positively or negatively. Without the necessary knowledge uninformed decisions are made that could add to the burdens of a society that already has many challenges,” said Charmaine Coetzee, a member of the Bethesda Congregational Church.

On Career Day, learners from surrounding schools were encouraged to actively participate in the discussions about various careers with the exhibitors.

This gave them access to information that will help them make decisions about their subject choices for their chosen future careers to break the cycle of unemployment and poverty.

On Health Awareness Day, the community had access to various screening tests which included blood pressure and blood glucose monitoring, as well as TB screening and more.

The prevention and screening for potential health risks plays an important part in the reduction of complications that develop due to a delay in seeking treatment or forfeiting the prescribed treatment.

Health education was also given on healthy living and the importance of compliance in taking chronic medication.

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