Centenary carnival

2016-06-14 06:00
In the mood to celebrate at the Marion Institute’s carnival on Thursday are, from left, committee member Soli Philander, centre manager Peter Agulhas, and committee member Razaan Donaldson. PHOTO: gary van dyk

In the mood to celebrate at the Marion Institute’s carnival on Thursday are, from left, committee member Soli Philander, centre manager Peter Agulhas, and committee member Razaan Donaldson. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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An institution in District Six has survived the turmoils of forced removals and inner upheavals to celebrate its centenary celebrations this year.

On Thursday (16 June) The Marion Institute in Chapel Street will be celebrating in style as they host their carnival day and everybody is invited.

Centre manager Peter Agulhas is quick to explain that they were not celebrating the centre being 100 years old. “We are celebrating being 100 years young!” he says.

“There has been some problems in recent years but we now have a new zest for life and serving the needs in our community. Our partnership with Catholic Welfare Development has steadied our course and we’re back on our historic journey of being a beacon of light and support to the communities it serves.”

The activities for the Youth Day carnival will be starting at 10:00 and promise to be a festive affair.

“We will be starting with a soup kitchen in the area and then an opening ceremony addressed by labour lawyer Michael Bagraim. There will also be a mini soccer and netball tournament, a karate demonstration, traditional games, a fancy-dress competition and a high tea for seniors in the community. We have also opened up the event for people who want to have a stall at the event and there will be lovely raffles, a jumping castle and special prizes at our award ceremony to end off the day.”

Soli Philander is also involved with the institute as a committee member and excited about the developments. “This celebration is also to highlight the activities that are taking place here,” he says.

“We have the nursery school, there’s the karate club and the seniors, but it still has the potential to do much more. This place has a rich legacy in the history of the area where many of our cultural icons got their first training in the arts. We want to continue that legacy to create a new generation who are empowered by its activities,” says Philander.

V For more information about the carnival call 021 461 6208/9 or 071 438 4462.

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