Youth Day celebrated

2015-06-24 06:00
DIMAKATSO LECHWENYO speaks to the youth of the Molehe Mampe Place of Safety on Youth Day.
Boipelo Mere

DIMAKATSO LECHWENYO speaks to the youth of the Molehe Mampe Place of Safety on Youth Day. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE campaign I have a Dream was established at the Molehe Mampe Place of Safety in Kimberley on 16 June.

This campaign aims to promote the virtue of taking control of your own life instead of allowing ills such as peer pressure to contri-bute toward your decision-making.

The initiative to host the programme was originally that of the United Congregational Church Youth (UCCY), who teamed up with Dimakatso Lechwenyo, the Soldiers of the Cross Preachers Movement, Noxolo Tshukela (a local writer), the South African Police Service’s Youth Desk and the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

The members reached out to the group of males incarcerated at the centre in an effort to remind them that they were not forgotten.

Lechwenyo, who formed part of the campaign, said the aim of the day was to remind young people of the essence of knowing who you were and to spread the message that your decisions determined your future.

On the day of the visit the guests participated in preaching, debate and singing.

“We hope that the stakeholders who took part on that day will continue with us. The United Congregational Youth will certainly continue with this initiative and we hope that more young people will also participate in this initiative,” said Lechwenyo.

According to the members, the I have a Dream Campaign will see the participants meet on a regular basis to discuss the steps to be taken to make their dreams a reality.

“Not only will we meet after two months to structure the way forward for our dreams, but we will also take a moment to celebrate the humble steps taken between now and August towards reaching our ultimate goal,” said Lechwenyo.

During her motivational speech to the audience, Noxolo Tshukela encouraged the young men to remain focused in order to make a success of their lives.

While encouraging them to read a lot, Lechwenyo quoted Nelson Mandela saying: “The mind is the most powerful weapon.”

Realeboga Monare highlighted that 16 June had to teach the youth a lesson. “For you to discover yourselves. You are not forgotten when you are here,” she said.

Motivational speaker Pulane Diale, who said her wish was for all the boys to be released and for the premises that they were in to be turned into a nursery one day, encouraged them to use the power of prayer to find their way back into their homes and communities


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