Youth plant it forward at school

2015-06-30 06:00
The group, made up of conservationists, volunteers and DAD ambassadors, planted a garden at the Beacon School for LSEN in Westridge on Saturday last week.

The group, made up of conservationists, volunteers and DAD ambassadors, planted a garden at the Beacon School for LSEN in Westridge on Saturday last week.

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The Decision Affects Destinies (DAD) youth ambassadors are celebrating Youth Month by showcasing the importance of volunteering.

Ward 78 councillor Eddie Andrews and the DAD ambassadors partnered with Magda Campbell on Saturday last week to help with the further establishment of a garden at the Beacon School for LSEN in Westridge.

“The mentoring programme focuses on three themes, namely self, family and community. Integrated in those themes are attitude (A), boldness (B), commitment (C) and decisions (D),” says Andrews, the founder of the initiative.

Success formula“The programme subscribes to the view that when the ABCDs are integrated into the three pillars, the percentages to achieve success is drastically increased.”

In addition to funds set aside by Andrews, the intervention is sustained with partnerships from NGOs.

Under the “self” theme, each ambassador is required to volunteer at organisations to gain additional skills and also pay it forward.

In this regard, the partnership with Campbell was pursued to ensure the further establishment of an organic garden at the school in Westridge.

The organisation also received a hose pipe, spades, rakes and some seedlings.

Under the “community” theme, the DAD ambassadors ensured every one of them paid it forward by volunteering their time.

Next projectThe next project will take place at Portland High School on Saturday 18 July.

“It is envisaged to remove the graffiti inside 25 classrooms,” he says.

Interested parties that would like to join and support can contact Andrews on 021 444 8699, 082 377 1414 or eddie.andrews@­capetown.­gov.za

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