March for kids soon

2017-05-30 06:01
Soccer is one of the sporting activities planned in Lavender Hill to keep children busy.

Soccer is one of the sporting activities planned in Lavender Hill to keep children busy.

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Some residents of Lavender Hill believe having various activities for children and nurturing their bodies and souls can create better adults for the future.

One such resident, Ralph Bouwers, is organising a march on Saturday at 10:00 with this aim. He will be working with church leaders and community leaders in putting together the march.

The march, called “Anti-crime and anti-drug street march”, will start on the open field in Depsiton Crescent. Participants will move to Grindal Avenue, Mirbey Road and Blode Street. The march is taking place with the department of community safety.

Bouwers says this is not just a march, but a stepping stone to being involved in the lives of the youth of the area.

Bouwers says they chose this route as it goes past hotspots.

“This is our way of saying we are taking back our streets. We will not let the future of our children be ruined by crime. The idea is to get everyone involved. There are so many challenges but there is much that can come out of the community if we all work together,” he says.

“With no recreational facilities, most children are left to play in the streets where they can easily be caught in gang crossfire.

“Yes, there are people who are trying to help but what I have noticed is that everyone is doing something. If we all work together we will do more. There are funds coming in for different projects and there can be more coming; we just have to organise ourselves and make sure that whatever is being done in the community is sustainable,” says Bouwers.

“For years we have been trying to see how we can help the community but we end up with the same problem again. My plan is to pull in all the leaders and have a programme for all children in the area. We know what they are doing after school. We know where they stay and we know their challenges and how we can help them. That’s why we can intervene better.

“If needs be we can involve the social workers. We also want churches to play a role and learn from each other,” he says.

Following the march there will be a prayer day on Sunday. Pastor Basil Leukes says they will be praying for their community and the country.

“We will be joining in the anti-crime march and the next day [we will have] a prayer day. We want the best for the community so we will be doing everything we can to bring back calm and peace,” he says.

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