Driftsands Youth in Action (DYA) took an opportunity to appreciate some women and men who are tirelessly making an amazing contribution in their lives at an event held at the community hall.Parents ,uniformed school children , community members, pastors, youth with disability, gays and lesbians all gathered ubder one roof celebrating the end of Youth Month.Members of the South African Police Service, Department of Health, Triangle Project, Love Life and Metropolitan spoke at the event. They all encouraged the youth to stay away from crime, go to school, know their HIV status and must make use of their services. Addressing the audience, a nurse from the Health Department only talked about the services available for the community at large but never mentioned the services for LGBTI. Some LGBTI members were disappointed and felt excluded from those services. Funeka Soldaat said: “You see she only mentioned condoms for straight people but where are the condoms for lesbians?”Love Life’s message was more on girls and women to use contraceptives but failed to mention contraceptives for boys and men. At the event candles were lit and the moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the fallen students of 1976. Freedom songs were sang. Some ward councillors had an opportunity to campaign for the upcoming local government elections.The audience was entertained with a traditional dance, dance, drama and hip hop music.School children showed amazing talent, a group of girls sang a great remix of Unathi Mankayi’s song “Nomvula”. Hip hop music was about their experiences as black kids and growing up in the impoverished communities.A young girl who didn’t want to be named said she loved music but she doesn’t know whether she would be able to succeed because she’s from a poor family.“Many things we experience as young girls in our communities. I’m glad to be here so that the community can see that not all girls want to get pregnant and have kids. I want other girls to see that girls have a future and girls were part of 1976,” she says.After the entertainment some members from different communities received certificates as a token of appreciation.Zodwa Tika, a crèche principal said he was happy to see some of the kids that she had looked after in her crèche in Driftsands.“I want you to put Driftsands in another level. I was the first person to have a crèche here and the area was still shacks all over. I wish Driftsands people can get more education. What you’ve done is wonderful my children,” she says.Siniko Nxesi, Kingdom of God Ministries said the day meant liberation and sacrifices made by people and he’s happy.“In my church I attract youth. I’ve changed lot of youth here. They can relate to me because I’m a young person. There some gangs in the areas and I always able to speak to their level. Based on the word God doesn’t want homosexuals to be in love with each other. According to the word people shouldn’t discriminate. A lot of homosexuals have changed. A man must be in love with a woman,” he says.Agnes Ngentu a former rugby player and a netball coach said she felt so proud because some of the kids in the hall were her product.“I thank you Driftsands youth. You make my spirit alive. You’ve healed my spirit. Life is like a flower. There’s time to blossom and time to die. I’m asking the youth to be like a flower. I was never awarded a certificate in Driftsands,” she said.