Children of New Horizons in Pelican Park got the opportunity to participate in a sports mini-tournament last Monday. The event, hosted by the New Horizons Civic Association (NHCA) and New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch (NHNW), was attended by more than 500 residents. NHCA secretary Mariam Davids says despite rainy weather on the day, roleplayers continued their programme, turning the event into a memorable one.The event kick off with a local marching band at 07:00, winding through various streets in the area. “The day started off rainy but continued to be a fantastic event for all. The soccer and netball tournament was hosted in conjunction with our local neighbourhood watch, who also braaied for 500 participants and facilitators on the day. “Motivational speakers were present, including Dane Petersen of the German Freaks Golf Club who spoke about positive attitudes and making the right decisions in life. The golf club also fed spectators on the day,’’ says Davids. NHCA chairperson Laylah Ryklief says: “The event aimed to bring all organisations together to work in harmony. There are many challenges in our community, including a high number of school dropouts. Parents cannot afford school fees. With no amenities and no schools, children often fall prey to gangsterism and drugs. Our hopes are to keep the area safe and free of these negative activities,” she says.“We want a school and youth centre in our area and want to transform youngsters into rolemodels. A feeding scheme for the elderly and children is also needed, as poverty is another challenge for our people here. We want the community to allow the civic association to guide all organisations to ensure New Horizons as a community is covered. We urge the community to support us in making a difference in the lives of both the children and elderly.” V For more information on the New Horizons Civic Association call Mariam Davids on 078 8945 633.