March against drugs

2016-06-14 06:00

Lamppost Ministries in Silvertown will be conducting a march against drugs and gangsterism on Thursday at 09:30 in Linaria Crescent Park.

According to Edgar Carolissen, the Community March for Positive Change came out of their weekly “under the lamp post” conversational meetings on Monday evenings.

“From those conversations came the repeated call for us to explore ways in which we could support families who are affected by alcohol and substance abuse and to assist especially young people who desire to kick their drug habits by supporting them and networking to get them to a rehabilitation centre,” states Carolissen.

He says the discussions which came out of those meetings gave rise to the need for a second project entitled “Silver Linings” in which the group offers family support counselling and support for substance abusers seeking positive help and change.

The programme is conducted out of the Silvertown Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday evenings from 19:15 to 21:00. “After running this programme for the past two years, we have begun to fundamentally question how we shift from being a ‘hospital’ and crisis centre after people’s lives are ruined, to where we can serve our community in a more preventative way. This question gave rise to a series of conversations with known merchants and shebeen owners in our community to try and awake in them a sense of understanding and insight into the downstream negative impact their behaviour and trade have on the lives and homes of their clients.”

Carolissen said through these engagements, they began to muster support from the greater community and decided to dedicate Thursday, 16 June (Youth Day) to a community march for positive change.

“We see the march as a start to a series of sustainable initiatives that will draw young people and families into positive community building projects. We will also campaign for early school leavers (Grade 9) to enrol at FET colleges to acquire a trade or marketable skill and qualification,” he says.

They would also like to explore, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, some Youth entrepreneurship projects as an alternative to selling substances.

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