Making a difference

2020-01-14 06:00
Members of the Lomond Court Neighbourhood Watch want to bring change to the community and better the lives of the children in the area

Members of the Lomond Court Neighbourhood Watch want to bring change to the community and better the lives of the children in the area

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To take Lomond Court in Hanover Park back and to make a difference in the lives of the children in the area are the two main reasons why the Lomond Court Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) hosted a Fun Day for approximately 300 children on Tuesday 31 December.

This past year, Hanover Park was constantly in the newspapers because of gangsterism, gang violence and how unsafe it is for children to play in its parks or streets. 

The Lomond Court NHW, which falls under Ryston Road NHW, decided to bring cheer to the children and residents in Lomond Court by hosting its first Fun Day.

“The day started at 09:00 when the kids came together and had fun till 15:00. The Hanover Park Marching Band kicked off proceedings followed by Lomond Court’s very own Blikkie Band,” says Shanaaz Scholtz, organiser of the event.

Thanks to all of the jumping castles, races and dance competitions, kids could get rid of extra energy.

“We also handed out approximately 800 sandwiches, hot dogs, juices, popcorn, candy floss and ice-cream to the kids during the day. 

“The Lomond Court NHW is keen to make a difference in our community and if we have to do it one court at a time, that is what we will do,” Scholtz says.

The NHW only started in September but already huge changes have taken place since then.

“It all started with the president of the group of 80 members, Myrtle Hendricks, who said ‘enough is enough’, she is taking Lomond Court back. Soon afterwards, Timothy Houston, chair, jumped on the bandwagon. He has been directly affected by the gang violence in our area as the life of his innocent son was taken a few years ago in the court. 

“Despite his loss, he pushes forward with great determination to make a difference in the court and in the lives of the youth,” she says.

Scholtz was asked to fulfil the role as the secretary, strategist and event planner to take Lomond Court back.

“In the past, this court was one of the fiercest courts in Hanover Park. 

“With the help of Houston, a true leader and passionate about helping others and the community, we hope to take the court and residents to new heights and to see what effect the planned changes will have on the community,” she says.

According to her, they all hope to make Lomond Court a beacon of hope in Hanover Park, spreading the change from area to area. 

Currently, the Lomond Court NHW consists of 28 members and they all want to make a change to the lives of the people of Hanover Park by giving them hope. 

The Blikkie Band was established in 2018 and consists of a group of children who just came together to make music.

“The band needs musical instruments and a music teacher to be skilled and to get exposure. We are also looking for sponsors to donate sweaters with their names on. For any donations, contact Cheryl Isaacs or me on 084 991 9025,” Scholtz says.


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