Programme to equip youth

2019-03-26 06:01

Sunrise Youth Foundation, an organisation in St Montague View Village will be having a three-day youth programme at Rahmanieyah/Steenberg Mosque in Retreat from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 March.

The programme will start at 17:00.

The organisation which is in the process to be registered as a non-profit organisation was started earlier this year in the midst of the gang violence. Their aim is to take the youth off the streets and show them other options besides crime.

The three-day programme for men only aged 14 and above is open to everyone meeting the age requirements no matter their religion. They will be tackling a lot is of societal issues including gangs and drugs among other things. They will also have excursions and sports activities that will be followed by an award ceremony.

Yaasien Seaggie, member of the Sunrise Youth Foundation, says the programme is not to be missed. “We are only taking from the age of 14 because of the content that will be discussed. We will be equipping our children and showing them the bad side of drugs and gangsterism which has somewhat become a norm in our society,” he says.

Guest speaker at the event is Rashaad Allan, a reformed gangster who has become an Imaam and now runs Foundation for Positive Change, an organisation that aims to educate and equip the youth and the community about the effects of crime, drugs, sexual abuse, woman and child abuse. The foundation also help ex-prisoners reintegrate back into society as good citizens.

Seaggie says Allan will elaborate on his life as a gangster and tell those attending about the dangers of being part of a gang. “There are so many things that has to happen for one to be part of a gang. You have to kill and steal and all other bad things to be part of a gang. Those things eat you up and destroy the community,” he says.

The Foundation is also appealing for donations of oats, milk, tea, rice, rolls. viennas and biscuits.

For those that want to attend the programme, they will be required to pay a registration fee of R20.

V For more information call Yaasien Seaggie on 074 658 4372 or 021 701 0778

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