A day of absolute bliss for the youth

2019-04-16 06:01
Band members doing what they do best, entertaining the crowd.

Band members doing what they do best, entertaining the crowd.

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Surran Road Park was the place to be for all things cheerful and entertaining, when Village Moms hosted young girls and boys for a day of fun, laughter and games on Saturday 6 April.

Speaking to People’s Post, Village Mom’s Shamiela Rogers said that the aim of the event was to allow children to have fun. Something that would help them forget about all the unspeakable things taking place in their surroundings.

“The event was to help traumatised and underprivileged children to take their mind off the ongoing violence, drugs and gangsterism in our area,” said Rogers.

Besides changing the children’s mindsets about the daily criminal activities that they are exposed to, the event also enabled them to indulge in some innocent, fun festivities.

Festivities included a number of games, dance performances, singing, playing dominoes, chess, swing-ball and enjoying the jumping castle.

Music lovers were also catered for as marching bands from schools in Hanover Park were also there to offer musical entertainment.

Trying to focus on the positive, Rogers said that she is disappointed at how parents are not fully supportive of the event.

Without dwelling on that, she said she would rather focus on the heart-melting turnout of the children, and how happy they were while participating in the activities.

“Parents did not really show interest, but the children showed a lot appreciation. They were overwhelmed and excited,” she said proudly.

The event was a success because of the joint effort; the funding came from local shop owners at the Hanover Park terminus, the chemist in the garage and some friends of the members of Village Moms.

St Lucia Court residents also donated to the event.

Talking about Villages Mom’s future activities and events, Rogers said there is more to come. “Our plans include teaching the youth some skills, take them on hiking trips, camping and outings to some of the iconic places in the Western Cape.”

She also added that they will continue preaching the gospel of completing and graduating from secondary school to the children, because education is the best gift anyone can give themselves.

Gino Thaysen, who is the coach for the band that entertained the children, enjoyed it greatly.

Watching children having a good time, forgetting about all the horror that they witness everyday, melted his heart.

“The event was well organised. The field was packed with children and adults who live in different parts of Hanover Park. They were all entertained by the talented youngsters from the area,” he said.

He said that the event served a great purpose because children were playing with one another, applauding the performances and everybody was fed. The day was filled with great fun and fellowship among the people of Hanover Park.

Nazeema Kloppers (10) was also at the event and said that she felt proud because she was marching in front of the whole Hanover Park.

“I was happy that we could play and not be scared of anything like gunshots or gangsters running around with knives and stuff,” she said.

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