Thornville Primary fight against social ills

2016-06-01 06:00

THORNVILLE Primary School, in association with the Greater Edendale Athletics Club, recently held its inaugural five-kilometre fun run at the school’s sports ground as an anti-drug abuse awareness campaign.

The school’s media and marketing co-ordinator, Ayesha Jackson, said 35 people participated in the fun run.

“The reason we started the campaign is because there are a lot of youths that use drugs, and the area has a high rate of teenage pregnancy.

“There many stakeholders that helped us with this event, including Khayelihle Funeral Services. Drug abuse is a social illness that needs to be addressed,” said Jackson.

She said hosting the fun run was a social and fun way of getting the message out to the public.

“The event was organised by six school committee members. We host fun runs annually, but this is our first time that we focus on drug abuse. Our events target the social fabric of our community and we would appreciate a fruitful partnership between us and government departments.

“Crime is another major obstacle in the community, which affects pupils and might lead to crime-inflicted living,” said Jackson.

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