NPOs get boost from young superstars

2017-10-10 06:01
Members of the Young Exuberant Superstars outreach want to help NPOs in Kensington and Factreton raise funds.

Members of the Young Exuberant Superstars outreach want to help NPOs in Kensington and Factreton raise funds.

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Kensington and Factreton have been identified as prioritised suburbs to receive help from the Young Exuberant Superstars outreach.

The outreach originated in Bonteheuwel but has members from different suburbs, including two from Kensington. It was formed earlier this year with the aim to help raise funds to help local non-profit organisations (NPOs). It has eight members that help organise and host events at the benefiting institution. The founders say they realised that most NPOs were struggling to get financial support to run their daily tasks and decided to combine their skills and give back. Among other areas the outreach focuses on are Athlone, Hanover Park and Salt River. One member, John Olyn, says the aim is to show that despite the gang violence and high rise in criminal activities at the moment there is still hope and positive people who want to give hope and see change.

He says they approach institutions in their identified areas and ask for their wish lists and then discuss a suitable form of fundraising. Olyn says their fundraising plans include music concerts, market days and competitions. He says in Kensington the outreach recently worked with the Kensington Home for the Aged by organising a potjiekos competition in September.

“We also help with feeding schemes and we are currently working with two schools. By engaging schools we try to keep the minds of the young away from the trauma of the violence taking place in their communities and take them away from the streets. Children as young as primary school get exposed to these social ills and live with trauma or end up being influenced,” Olyn says.

He says they also run music classes for schoolchildren and get a professional teacher to help them.

Another member, Jerome Morgan, says their main source of income is from sponsors share the same interests and support their events. He appeals to community members and business people to support their different initiatives and become part of positive change in their communities.

He says, being a group of united men over the age of 40 bringing change, they want to set an example for young men in their suburbs that they do not have to be members of a gang to be cool. They can start their own thing and create the kind of environment they want for their people by doing the little they can.

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