Acacia Park youth take action

2019-04-30 06:00
Christian Youth Ministries of Acacia Park joined by members from a neighbouring branch.

Christian Youth Ministries of Acacia Park joined by members from a neighbouring branch.

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Despite all the challenges faced by the community, the youth of Parkwood Estate strives to be positive.

A group of 25 young people from the Christian Youth Ministries of Acacia Park (CYM) run various programmes and continue to establish new projects that are relevant to the young people of the community.

Members are between the ages of 15 and 25. They operate under the wing of their church, Christian Youth Ministries which has branches across Cape Town.

“Our community has been negatively advertised on the news, however, our faith has grown regardless of everything that is happening around us. We strongly believe that prayer and action speak louder than words,” says Melisha Minaar, chairperson of CYM.

Parkwood is one of the underprivileged communities under the scourge of violence and drug-related issues allegedly due to the frustration of the poor living circumstances.

The need for housing is the major problem. There have also been numerous protests to try and bring authorities to the table and collectively come up with solutions.

In an attempt to do their part, instead of running their programmes from their church, they meet at UCR of Acacia Park to brainstorm, socialise and share the word of God with others.

This way, they are able to make it easier for them to attract and stay relevant to the youth of their community.

Their theme for the year is ‘Unsinkable Faith’ and programmes are not limited to only people of Parkwood, they welcome anyone interested and also encourage people from different branches of their church to attend the programme.

CYM’s most recent idea is to host a three-day long Fit-Fest which is a programme aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle among young people.

“This festival is an authentic gym experience, where we have qualified instructors assisting us.”

They are looking for sponsorships to help with prizes and to cover some of their costs to make this a success.

CYM recently held a clean-up and handed out soup and bread to the disadvantaged people in their community. They also host annual Potjiekos Championship.

According to Minaar, the group relies on fundraisers and also get help from their families to assist in making their programmes a success. V For more information email cymacaciapark@gmail.com.

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