Community gives thanks

2019-07-30 06:00
Pastor Basil Leukes was the master of ceremonies for the Appreciation Day Service on Sunday. PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

Pastor Basil Leukes was the master of ceremonies for the Appreciation Day Service on Sunday. PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

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An appreciation ceremony was held on Sunday 28 July to give thanks to the vital role players in the community who endeavour to make Retreat and surrounds great.

The ceremony was held at Every Nation Church in Cafda, hosted by Leaders in Covenant (LIC), and was attended by mayor Dan Plato, the area’s ward councillors, school representatives and various non-government organisations (NGOs) that aim to address the challenges faced by the community’s people and improve their quality of life.

LIC is a forum that aims to facilitate community upliftment, according to one of the founding members, Pastor Alroy Dowman. “I remember 12 and more years ago, we sat at the global worship centre and we began to brainstorm the future of our communities and how we can, together as a group of pastors, better the community,” he said.

Years later the vision came to fruition and the LIC forum was launched, which recently sought to give thanks where thanks is due.

Pastor Hilton Simons of Every Nation Church opened the proceedings, saying: “We want to honour our recipients for the hard work they do in our community. We want to say thank you to all the role players this afternoon, who have made a difference in the various fields and expertise that they offer in the community.

“We believe that our communities are a richer place because of you.”

Several organisations and NGOs including Walking Bus, Dews of Quietness in Stenberg, Philisa Abafazi Bethu in Lavender Hill, The Zoe Project in Retreat, the Western Cape Khoisan Council, the police and fire departments, the schools in Retreat and Grassy Park, and many more, were given certificates of appreciation from the LIC.

Plato addressed the congregation at the church expressing his concern at the state of the community, with regards to the prevalence of violence, and told residents that he plans to take action and weed out all the bad influences in gang-ridden areas.

In concluding the ceremony, the outgoing executive committee members for LIC were presented with gifts of gratitude and the incoming members were welcomed.

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