Drug centre spruced up

2016-05-10 06:00
A bright blue building covered in inspirational quotes and drawings now stands as the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre. The painting was completed on Friday last week.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

A bright blue building covered in inspirational quotes and drawings now stands as the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre. The painting was completed on Friday last week. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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“Hope is seeing there is light through the darkness.”

This is one of the inspirational quotes painted along the bright blue building on a corner in Civet Street.

The Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre facelift was made possible by a group of students from Holland.

The 10 students and their two guides from Wolvfert Bilingual School in Rotterdam in the Netherlands have been at the centre since Wednesday 27 April and finished their revamp on Friday.

Dion Fabe, a registered tour guide, has been instrumental in the initiative.

“As a tour guide, I am exposed to many foreigners. I take them to see the attractions but I also take them to see the townships. They always leave asking what they can do, so we put together this initiative. I put them up at my house for two weeks and choose a project for them to participate in. They then raise the funds and come here,” says Fabe.

The initiative forms part of obligatory community service, explains teacher and guide Fransiscus Kusters.

“Back home our government made it law that every pupil in their pre-exam year must do community service. Because we are a bilingual school we decided to take it abroad and we have worked in South Africa, Ethiopia and Sir Lanka. Now the government has changed it and it is not an obligation anymore, but we have all these beautiful projects in place and we said we would continue with the support from all the parents,” says Kusters.

The pupils are assigned to various areas and raise the funds themselves.

Ashley Potts, director of the CTDCC, says they have done an amazing job.

“We have opened up a section and will create an area for the community to enjoy. The section will feature two braai spots, benches and built-in chess or checkers boards.”

Potts says the students painted and purchased all the materials for the job themselves.

Potts had made contact with the local authorities for assistance in selecting a project for the students, but says he received a negative response. This prompted the invlovement of the international studens at the CTDCC. This is year five of school’s projects are in South Africa.

Fabe says the group did not want to leave money, but rather make a difference and do everything themselves.

Kusters says they have had a positive response to their initiatives. “I think the key is hope, inspiration and the feeling that they can do more themselves and it is a wonderful thing,” he says.

Other phrases include: “Everything in life is a reflection of choice”, “Change starts here with you” and a freshly painted enlargement of the CTDCC logo.

The group has already moved on to their next initiative in Woodlands.

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