Clearing up to help youth take ownership of the future

2018-10-02 06:01

The Steenberg Rotaract will be embarking on a new programme to uplift and motivate the youth to speak out against abuse, starting on Saturday 13 October with a cleanup in Cafda Village at 11:30.

Chairperson Chadwin Peterson says the youth need to take ownership of their lives.

“One of the ways we can build a better future for our children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves. Of course, we as adults have to guide them and take the ultimate responsibility but that is something quite different from patronising them. The rights of children must, importantly, include the right to be themselves and to talk for themselves,” he says.

The campaign has sub-projects and events highlighting child development, such as a community cleanup where plastic will be used for the production of eco-bricks. In addition, they will be conducting recycling projects and a leaders’ summit and hosting a fun day at Al Noor Orphanage, where they also be painting the premises.

“As part of district 9350 we hope to rely on our friends in Rotary, Rotaract, Interact and Earlyact to assist us with the eco-bricks and recycling programme,” he says.

All members, Rotoractors, and their senior partners, the Rotarians, will be involved with the recycling project at Delta Primary School in Cafda Village.

“Each club is to decide on a unique product that will be made from recycling material, e.g. making a piggy bank with a bottle.”

He says it is their organisation’s vision to positively impact young lives in Cape Town through their #ITBOTHERSME campaign.

“[The aim is] to help as many children as we can from a young age and influence their lives emotionally, physically and mentally. One of the main reasons why we chose this campaign is because children are living in some of the harshest conditions. These children haven’t even experienced life or learnt new things. As a child it is your right to influence the future and create a radical world where one can grow up in,” says Petersen.

V For more information call Chadwin Petersen on 063 048 1614.

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