Celebrating Ottery youngsters

2016-06-21 06:00
Mason Swartz, event coordinator of the youth day programme in Ottery stands outside the Ottery Civic where the event was held.

Mason Swartz, event coordinator of the youth day programme in Ottery stands outside the Ottery Civic where the event was held.

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On Thursday June 16, youth from Ottery were treated to a day of activities to commemorate the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

Event coordinator Mason Swartz says more than 1000 younsters gathered at the Ottery Civic Centre on Thursday 16 June.

“The event was a huge success. We had face painting and giant games for the little ones. We (also) had a soccer tournament going on the sports field,” Swartz says.

Entertainment from the local community such as Blackkurent, Leeron Malgas, Deslyn, Tyrone Solomons, Bregarson Elkana, Carly Philander and band were there to ensure all in attendance stayed in high spirits.

“As the visionary of this event, I think the birthing of this event started in my room. As I was reflecting on my past life and how I grew up as a young boy without a father I longed for someone to see the talent in me. Unfortunately, at the time, there was none but God,” Swartz says.

“I lost my dad at a very young age (during) a gang war that broke out at this very same venue 23 years ago.

“My vision is to nurture our young people in the direction of their dreams to make them realise that there is greatness inside of them that they can rise above their circumstances. It doesn’t matter what they face in life there is an end to every start,” Swartz says.

Swartz left the youth with a message: “My message to the youth is for them to follow their dreams and make use of every opportunity. Work hard and make your life count to the change you want to see in this world.”

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