Celebrating 25 years of sport

2016-05-31 06:00

Hazendal United AFC is celebrating 25 years of providing sport to the youth of Bokmakierie and Hazendal.

As a result, they will be hosting this year’s Youth Day event in the open ground between First and Third avenues. No less than 250 youth are expected to participate in the day’s activities, from 08:30 to 17:00.

The event has been a fixture on the community’s calendar since 2009, and has – without any major sponsors – managed to go ahead thanks to the involvement of various stakeholders within the community.

However, according to co-ordinator Walter Daniels, all the efforts from the immediate community are still not enough to ensure that the event runs to its full potential.

“Thanks to the personal, individual and collective commitment, we have managed to host this project with the passion and drive of community internal stakeholders. We note the support of the office of the ward councillor and the City of Cape Town. We cannot save everyone all the time, but we do believe we can save somebody sometime, thus we make this intervention on an annual basis. We can say that the youth’s previously involved in the project served as youth role models and have gone on to achieve personal success. Some have given back and are still giving back,” says Daniels.

The aim of the day is to create awareness among the youth through inclusion and consultation of their existing stakeholders, including the youth and not presenting them in formalised structures, but on street corners, to get them involved.

Various activities will be taking place including sports, music, speeches and interactive games. The health department will address the occasion, with a particular focus on teenage pregnancies. They will also be on hand to provide free HIV testing, with blood pressure and blood sugar tests also available for the older generation.

With June being national Youth Month, the day will be run under the theme which reflects the “Power of Choice”.

“The youth in our disadvantaged and underresourced communities on the Cape Flats, equally so youth in Bokmakierie, are confronted with all kinds of choices.”

Daniels made mention of the recent murder of six-year-old Sadiqah Lippert, who was shot and killed on Monday 2 May in Ninth Avenue.

“Most times the youth make the choices as their environment dictates or sets the scene for the kind of choices they make,” says Daniels.

The club invited youth groups from Hanover Park and Pook se Bos to join them as Daniels says they will not be able to celebrate Youth Day in their own communities.

“We consider and maintain that the youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but they are the leaders of today. For those who work with youth, there is no doubt that this younger population has the power to change their communities and possibly their futures if they choose to make the right choices,” he said.

V For information about the event, contact Walter Daniels on 074 1890 812.

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