Bows at the ready for Tafelsig kids

2018-01-30 06:00
Some of the younger children with their faces painted.

Some of the younger children with their faces painted.

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Pool, archery and soccer were some of the activities enjoyed by more than 100 children from Searidge Park and surrounds in their last few days before school started.

Searidge Park Youth (SPY), in conjunction with the Department of Community Safety and the Western Cape government, hosted around 120 children over five days between Monday 8 and Friday 12 January in various locations such as Freedom Park, Tafelsig and Harmony Park.

“This was not our first time hosting this initiative, as we have been running the project since 2015,” says chairperson Rafeedah Isaacs.

“This initiative is important because we want to make a difference in the children’s lives,” says Isaacs.

The boys and girls were split up, alternating every day.

“We hosted 60 children, but more than 60 participated in the five-day programme. We selected 60 boys one day and the following day 60 girls. We had various activities such as pool, soccer tournaments, mini games and archery and we had movie days for the girls,” says Isaacs.

She says the organisation thanks the volunteers who assisted in making the initiative possible.

“We would like to thank each and every volunteer who assisted in these programmes: Marcus Hope, Mishqa Allie, Soeraya Barron, Samia Stoffels, Galiek and Shahiedah Saville, Soemaya de Villiers, Faghrie Moosa and the kitchen staff, Moesidah and Suleiman Solomons, as well as the owners of the pool hall, Scharky and Shariefa Job, and last but not least the co-ordinator, Fagmie Solomons,” she says.

SPY is a registered NPO that is also registered with Sars, enabling them to accept donations from companies, she says.

“Our aim is to keep the youth off the streets, away from gangsterism and drugs, substance abuse, women and child abuse, and teen pregnancy,” she says.

“We have been up and running since 2015 and we also have our own feeding scheme, which is based in Freedom Park, where we feed the children porridge before they go to school,” she says.

“We also try our best to fill their stomachs in the afternoon with something else like a sandwich and a glass of juice.”

Isaacs says donations and assistance are most welcome.V For more information or to donate, call Isaacs on 061 904 8932.

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