Drill corps for discipline, values

2019-02-19 06:00

Unique Outreach Ministry will soon start its own drill corps in Woodlands to assist in keeping youth off the streets.

The corps will be a semi marines call.

Registration initiatives were set to start on Saturday 9 February, however, due to gang violence, the drive did not take place.

Another registration drive is set to take place on Saturday 23 February.

“We have decided to start this project to help get our youth off the streets and get them into something positive and get their minds occupied with something other then guns, drugs and violence,” says Woodlands Community Drill Corps founder Colonel Damian McKay.

“This project is necessary in Woodlands because there is so much unhealthy activities happing in and around the area so that’s why we want to start this project to get back that discipline and respect for our community and to educate them about the violence in the area.”

They will be accepting children from the age of six and above.

Registration takes place from 12:00 at 92 Mitchell’s Avenue, Woodlands.

McKay says they are a registered non-profit organisation.

“Our goal is to alleviate human suffering by mobilising the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors to help children realise their potential and build their futures by nurturing and strengthening the community. To bring clarity, purpose and opportunity for the development of skills that can contribute towards the building of an economically sustainable, culturally dynamic, socially relevant network to enhance the dignity and quality of life of the youth and families,” says McKay.

He went on to say that the drill corps is not only there to drill and keep discipline but also to keep the youth in school and to educate them by teaching them life skills, self-motivation, self-control and self-respect.

“We will be working on a rank structure to keep the kids’ minds on a goal and to teach them to work towards something,” he says.

“The good thing about drill corps in the area is that we will help all members in the drill corps to become the change they want in the community. All the officers that are on board have experience in military drilling, music and marching. Most of the officers are ex-members and officers from the Church Lads and Girls Brigade.”

This project is for children six and older and is open to all the children in the Woodlands community. The project gives the children the opportunity to learn leadership skills,team work, discipline, respect, drilling, self motivation and more skills and values.

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