Members of the Big Stars traditional dance group from Kuyasa are appealing to residents and local businesses to support them. The group was established in 2009 to keep children off the streets. Founder Mickey Linda, popularly known as Nompilo, said the group is part of a community project. She has devoted her life to working for the community. “I have various projects that I’m doing to assist the community including a soup kitchen, gardening, and donating sanitary pads every month end. All the projects are under the umbrella of Yiza Ekhaya Community Project,” she said. Yiza Ekhaya Community Project is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that was formed to help disadvantaged people. Linda said her objective is to see residents, especially young children, growing up in a safe environment. The group has 20 members, aged between seven to 19. “The children have been performing at taxi ranks and on special occasions in and around Kuyasa,” she said. She added they are struggling with transport and uniforms. “We only have one uniform and wish we can get another uniform so we can change it when going to events,” she said. Group leader Lukhona Mngeni (19), shared Linda’s sentiments. She said the group keeps them away from any wrongdoing. “Besides dancing there is after-care where some people assist them (learners) with their homework,” she said. Last week, the group went to the African Leadership Camp in Gordon’s Bay.