The newly formed Oribi street committee hosted a mini-festival for residents in Parkwood last Saturday. The event, which kicked off in Corin Court park in Parkwood Avenue, was attended by more than 500 locals. The objective of the festival was to create a safe space where residents could interact with one another through the various activities of the day, says street committee chairperson Pastor Paul Phillips.“The event is one of many to ensure both children and adults in the area are kept in stitches. It was well supported by both Parkwood and other communities, totalling a huge attendance. The street festival was also supported by the department of social development and various other groups and sponsors. “The outcome was amazing and we have created unity amongst residents, instilling a sense of belonging and self-worth and overcoming barriers such as religion, political convictions and social class,” says Phillips.“Those who attended were all served with a free lunch pack. Locals were entertained by various groups and they enjoyed every bit of it. We also had a modelling competition for the kids and a youth dialogue through soccer. “Our men also worked in the various task teams, such as security, setting up stalls and the stage, jumping castle marshals and braaiing. “The next planned event is carols by candlelight in December.”The street committee, whose members aim to take ownership of the street, had already begun various tasks to help solve issues in the community. “We want to take ownership without waiting on government for service delivery. We meet on a regular basis with the residents in the street to give feedback on initiatives, register complaints and concerns and to discuss daily social and other challenges. Initiatives include regular meetings with ward councillors where city concerns are addressed, street cleaning on Saturdays, youth support groups, a feeding scheme, street watch, soccer league and prayer walks.”V For more information on the Oribi street committee call Pastor Paul Phillips on 062 122 1577.