2016-10-12 06:00
PHOTO: supplied YMCA Pietermaritzburg recently hosted its first annual #MakeYourMark fundraiser.

PHOTO: supplied YMCA Pietermaritzburg recently hosted its first annual #MakeYourMark fundraiser.

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YMCA Pietermaritzburg recently hosted its first annual fundraiser, #MakeYourMark Festival which included a full of different activities and fun for the entire family.

The festival began with a 5km fun walk around the Scottsville community with emphasis on certain areas in the community that need prayer. With just over 40 participants, the fun walk was not just an exercise but an awareness initiative for the community to celebrate all cultures and traditions supported by Anthony Waldhausen and his team from the Gay and Lesbian Network.

There were also a number of food stalls, children’s entertainment corner and a market set up on site. Among the stall owners were Grade 6 pupils from Scottsville Primary who are part of the YMCA’s TEEEP programme. The economics and entrepreneurship education programme teaches grade 5 to 7 pupils about a healthy economy and develops their entrepreneurial mindset using fun and creative tools such as a well-designed child friendly manual. Scottsville Primary is currently completing TEEEP Unit 2 and Mpumelelo Primary in France Unit 1.

The festival also consisted of a 5-Aside soccer tournament where 11 teams competed for a chance to win free indoor soccer sessions and trophy at the YMCA’s sports centre. Maritzburg Hotspurs won the trophy and first place prize as the first ever #MakeYourMark 5-Aside Soccer Champions.

#MakeYourMark Festival came to a close with a concert hosted by Sade Wagner who made it to the top six in the TLC Greatest Presenter competition and Durban musician Chico Muya. The concert was a blend of original and authentic music from artists based in the Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town. Headlining acts was The Voice SA Top 13’s Austin Lurring, Chico Muya, Acoustiq Assassins and The Voice SA Season 1, Lana Crowster. The supporting artists included Sobantu High School Choir, Durban beat boxer Drum Kit, The Voice SA contestant Blaque Harmony, Resonance, Durban’s MX, Idols season 12 contestant Matthew Gardiner and Mali Zulu.

The festival was held to raise funds for two programmes under the YMCA banner. The Y-Zone which is an after school programme that offers tuition and homework assistance to disadvantaged schools and communities and Y-Justice which works with youth and children at risk living on the streets of Pietermaritzburg. This programme works hard to integrate them back into society and mainstream schooling and to give hope.

At the moment these programmes are the biggest in need of funding however the YMCA did not succeed in reaching their target of R100 000 and call on all Pietermaritzburg’s local businesses to donate towards the #MakeYourMark initiative.

- Supplied

YMCA Pietermaritzburg

Bank: Nedbank

Branch Code: 134125

Acc No: 1341001679

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