Crowd has sports for peace

2016-10-11 06:00
Hillview residents played sport in celebration of peace and Heritage Day recently and to remind themselves that peace can prevail in their area.

Hillview residents played sport in celebration of peace and Heritage Day recently and to remind themselves that peace can prevail in their area.

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Hillview community members came together to celebrate peace and Heritage Day through sport. They say sport is what is really needed in the area to keep children off the streets.

The mini street sports carnival, initiated by the Hang Ten Pool Club, People 4 Sport and Cultural Progression and Learning in Reach, got many residents active.

As early as 08:00 on Saturday 24 September a sizable crowd of young and old residents met at the play park in anticipation of how much fun the day would bring.

The organisers had closed off a section of the road next to the park and had laid out a variety of games and activities, which included volleyball, pool, kerem, table tennis and boardgames like chess, dominoes and draughts.

Gary Herne, chairperson of People 4 Sport and Cultural Progression says it was a fruitful day.

“People enjoyed themselves. There was just too much to do for everyone. Out of all this an amazing situation also arose where grownups took part in the activities with the children. The proceedings were also punctuated by periodical, impromptu, free-style dance routines. This really made the crowd happy and excited for the day,” he says.

Other participants also did a collective march pass in the keeping with the project theme “together in peace”.

The event was also attended by the ward councillor, Geraldine “Gerry” Gordon.

“She was seen bonding and being photographed with members of the community. She also commended the stallholders on their entrepreneurial initiative and then addressed the community on the evils of crime and violence and the benefits of a peaceful and harmonious society.

“She was so moved by the relevance, success and importance of this event that she pledged to engage in a sustained commitment to sport and sports development, and to make this an annual feature on the local community events calendar,” says Herne.

He says the highlight of the day was when he and Yusuf Attwood, chairperson of Hang Ten Pool Club, handed out certificates of participation to everyone and medals to those deserving participants.

“The day ended with everyone receiving a meal. They took home the idea and knowledge that peace in our community will return,” says Attwood.

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