Project wants to educate society

2018-02-21 06:00
Members and patrons of The Pink Project South Africa are from the left, front: Nicole Baartman, Thea Kunene, Vincent de Koker, Ruwaidah Henney, Wilma Gatri, Sumaiyah Barday and Bruce Brown; back: Vaughan Peters, Benjamin Williams, Hubert Barlow, Cassius Carelse, Obed de koker, Gavlin Terblanche and Kevin Smith. Photo: Supplied

Members and patrons of The Pink Project South Africa are from the left, front: Nicole Baartman, Thea Kunene, Vincent de Koker, Ruwaidah Henney, Wilma Gatri, Sumaiyah Barday and Bruce Brown; back: Vaughan Peters, Benjamin Williams, Hubert Barlow, Cassius Carelse, Obed de koker, Gavlin Terblanche and Kevin Smith. Photo: Supplied

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The Pink Project South Africa has embarked on a campaign to create public awareness to restoring good social values in the greater Heidedal.

This non-profit organisation is working with parents, teachers, learners, government and politicians.

Its mission is to educate society about the importance of upholding education, and advocating quality and equal education.

A meeting was held on Saturday (17/02) at the Dr Block Secondary School with seven community-based organisations and community members discussing ideas on how to improve the situation and tackle pressing issues relating to crime and drugs.

“Since 2017, the education of society has been a priority for The Pink Project South Africa.

“We are a diverse group of people with one objective, to help and support our community of Heidedal because of the potential to grow and improve.

“Each of the attendees has unique skills that will benefit the community, from education, arts and culture to law and business. We are here to serve the community not only now, but in the future as well,” said Ruwaidah Henney, chief executive office and funder of The Pink Project South Africa and Heidedaller of the Year project.

Henney said apart from education, the scourge of crime and drugs is affecting the community of Heidedal.

“According to Crime Stats SA, there have been over 4 600 crimes reported in Heidedal in 2017. Of these cases, 162 were assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, 261 common assaults, 152 malicious damage to property, 178 house burglaries, 121 theft cases out of or from motor vehicles, 272 drug-related crimes, 296 commercial crimes, 190 shoplifting, 2 093 community-reported serious crimes, 30 rape cases, 83 robberies with aggravating circumstances, 55 common robberies and 38 sexual offences. These figures show that the number of crimes doubled in 2016,” said Henney.

Henney has challenged other organisations and prominent individuals who are currently doing great work in Heidedal, to join forces and work to change the lives of the people in Heidedal.

“Let’s work together to create opportunities for others. We have assisted over 200 people with employment since the start of the Heidedal Unemployment Forum,” said Benji Williams of Second Chance and the Heidedal Unemployment Forum (HUF).

Influential people such as Hubert Barlow has been identified to be part of the Heidedal renewal initiative.

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