Police show they care

2018-12-18 06:00
Children in the Kensington and Factreton areas were taken out to the local swimming pool on Friday 14 December, and the little ones took advantage of the perfectly warm weather conditions. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Children in the Kensington and Factreton areas were taken out to the local swimming pool on Friday 14 December, and the little ones took advantage of the perfectly warm weather conditions. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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Christmas came early for a group of children from the Kensington and Factreton areas.

In a first outreach project for the local police during the festive season, 19 Kensington police officers “adopted” 19 children and took them, along with about 60 others, on a fun outing on Friday 14 December.

The children gained free entry into the local swimming pool in addition to breakfast, lunch, fun and games and a gift.

The police partnered with non-profit organisation, Ken-Maid Young Development (KMYD) and Charlee Martin-Mc Avoy of the newly launched Melanie Anne Martin Foundation, in the event.

Spokesperson for the police, Sergeant Angeline Grill, says the goal was also to reach out to the children, who may have been exposed to social problems.

“The actual purpose is to show police do really care. We believe in the proactive fighting of crime, and so if we reach out to the children in this kind of way during the festive season, we hope it could be something which could assist in reducing crime,” says Grill.

The local community policing forum and the community neighbourhood watch were represented at the event by Fatima Buccas. She says: “This is about making children happy.”

Grill thanks all the sponsors of the event and hopes that more local businesses can contribute to the fight against crime, not only by helping out with donations during outreach projects, but also through employing people so they don’t need to commit crime.

KMYD’s co-founder, Shaheema Mathese, started the organisation with a Christmas party for children in 2012 and it has now grown from 150 to 300 children.

She says most of the children come from schools in the area and were recently invited to an event where they were given gift packs and even an outfit for Christmas Day.

Mathese emphasises the importance of showing love to children and says she will continue to work with the police in their projects, especially ones involving children­.V Contact the Kensington police on 021 594 7047/28.

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