Mother stands up against bullying

2015-07-21 06:00
Beverley Davids, founder of Chaunceyand#039;s epic anti-bullying club, says people should talk about bullying as it destroys the victim if they are not helped.

Beverley Davids, founder of Chaunceyand#039;s epic anti-bullying club, says people should talk about bullying as it destroys the victim if they are not helped. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Chauncey’s epic anti-bullying club was officially launched at the Peninsula Hotel in Sea Point last week.

The club, which has been in existence for only a few months, tackles the worldwide challenges and effects of bullying at schools. Founded by a mother, Beverley Davids, who saw her son suffer because of bullies, she vowed to do something about bullying.

Since the formation of the club Davids has visited different schools in Cape Town and educated teachers, parents and pupils on bullying (People’s Post, “Pupils educated on bullying”, 16 June).

Davids believes not a lot is being done to address bullying.

“Watching my son suffer because of bullying and no-one to help really tore my heart apart. We knocked on literally every door but no-one could help him. I watched in pain as he suffered and all the doors were shut in front of us. That’s when I realised I had to do something to help others as well,” she says.

Left brokenAttending the launch last week was Durban author Sandhir Kumar Sewmungal (21), who has suffered at the hands of bullies while in school.

With no-one to turn to, pen and paper become his best friends and he chronicled everything that happened to him. However, what Sewmungal remembers is that bullying leaves you broken.

“You become so angry and lonely that you can’t help yourself. It tears you apart. For most people it has long-term effects, like nightmares, and they become so aggressive. It’s such a pain that with such devastating effects of bullying not so much is being done to help the victims. However, I would encourage parents to talk to their children and help them to open up and tell you if they are being bullied. Though the response might be slow, keep talking about it – something will eventually happen,” he said.

Bullying destroysUsing a piece of paper, Davids demonstrated the effects of bullying.

“When you squash a piece of paper and unfold it again, it can unfold, but it will never go to its original state. It has creases that will never be fixed. So let’s educate each other, but mostly our kids, to say no to bullying, because it destroys the person inside. Most people grow to be lonely beings or sad and mostly broken inside because of bullying, so let’s fight together to make sure that we win this war against bullying,” says Davids.

Chauncey’s epic anti-bullying club is run by Davids and her family. Anyone who wants to donate to help them carry out the message of saying no to bullying can can Davids on 073 557 8849 or 021 372 0252.

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