Hazel and friends make a splash

2017-01-12 06:02
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Sharing is caring and to drive that point home, Hazel Moloy and her friends, Denise Macopy and Nazlie Pieters threw a ‘mother of all parties’ for children in Acacia Park.

Hazel said it was just before Christmas when the idea popped up in her mind.

“I knew that during the festive season people tend to enjoy themselves and forget about the less priviledged and I decided that I had to do something good,” she said.

Hazel contacted her neighbours and friends and the began plotting a“massive party for the kids”.

Her daughter Nonkoliseko Somagu said the area had been “traumatised by crime incidents” and this was an opportunity for them to bring back the spirit of ubuntu.

“So many bad things have been happening in Acacia Park including crime, rape and drug abuse and so on. When mom had this idea, we felt it would be a time to unite this community and encourage children to take a step against crime and drug abuse,” said Nonkoliseko.

Denise Macopy said the event proved that “communities can bring change by taking small step starting from street level”.

“There were children who would not have enjoyed niceties but when we staged this party they were covered and felt loved like any other kid,” said Denise.

Nazlie Pieters said what was touching was that every household in their street contributed to wards this event.

“It was beyond our plans and the response was overwhelming and we are thrilled to have made an impact on children,” Nazlie said.

She said she hoped other streets in the vicinity will follow suit and start “spreading messages of hope around”.

Children enjoyed playing jumping castles, having their faces painted and later enjoyed a healthy snack provided by organisers.

Nonkoliseko added that they will continue staging events were young children are empowered.

“We are bringing back the unity and love for each other, we bring back care and hope for the young ones, we bringing back the spirit of ubuntu which I strongly believe we lost. The youth is killing each other in the same streets and we keep quiet about that as if nothing happened.

“In the same streets there is no hope for the future, no one want’s to stand up and help the doomed youth instead we watch the perishing in front of our eyes, it is so easy for them to join the gang but hard to come out,” she said.

Hazel urged women of Acacia Park to rise and challenge criminala elements in the area.

“We say no to that, we stand together and break the chain by bringing the streets of Acacia back into life again by making street parties, meeting the youth in their level showing them that there are still parents who care,” she said.

Inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela who once said “It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it”, Hazel challenged every community out there to do the same thing. “You will see the beautiful results,” she enthused.

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