Fun was centre stage as residents, young and old, gathered at Athlone Library to take part in different activities in the We Are The World programme launch on Saturday 21 September. The launch was organised by a registered non-profit organisation (NPO), We Are The World. The NPO has been operating in the Athlone region for more than three years. It hosts community events which allow the youth to showcase their talents.According to its director Malcom Oppel, the event was to bring people of Athlone together. It was also to expose them to the different services offered by organisations in the area. “Our message to the youth is that there are a lot of things to do out there. If they attend events like this, they will get to experience that,” Oppel explained.He revealed one of their plans is to have the events as often as possible at different public venues. He also thanked the library for assisting him when he asked for support. “I know it is unideal for an event like this to be hosted at a library because there is not even a sound system but they opened their doors to us. We are grateful,” he said.He also thanked the organisation’s members who availed themselves.One organisation was Hope Africa, an NPO that assists churches and communities to facilitate sustainable development programmes. The NPO was there to address young girls about issues such as teenage pregnancy and staying in school until you matriculate. They also want to recruit girls to attend their programmes. Social worker and member of Hope Africa, Asanda Zulu said the NGO feels strongly about young people and their future. “The aim is to make sure that these young girls remain at school. If they made a mistake and fell pregnant, they must know that it is not the end of the world,” she explained. Zulu said those girls that sign into their free adolescent girls and young women programmes will be given guidance on how to deal with different challenges. They will also be given pointers on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Virgin Active sales and promotions consultant, Kegan Watson, who was also in attendance, said he was there to spread awareness about health and fitness to the youth. He encouraged them to sign up for gym memberships and make use of all the privileges that come with being a member. He led some fitness demonstrations that included Zumba. “A lot of youth are not active and our role is to make sure these types of sessions are fun and exciting so that they can want to come and attend and reap the benefits,” he explained. He said the intention was to create an environment that would be ideal for people of all ages.