Residents take charge of their area

2018-05-01 06:01
Ocean View residents during their tin drive.

Ocean View residents during their tin drive.

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Some Ocean View residents have decided to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty for the benefit of their community.

Following a spate of protests in their area last year, a group of residents came together to see what they could do to improve their area and bring about positive change.

They decided to form a Whats-App group, which they used to communicate with one another and share ideas on how they could improve the area. The group is called Let’s help each other Ocean View. Though not a registered entity the members say they are doing all they can for themselves and their community hence their slogan “For Ocean View From Ocean View”.

One of the residents, Melshaw Wyngaard, says people supported the idea and things grew from there.

“After coming together we decided to take charge of our community and clean the street corners. It all started last year in September and we have been coming together to do different things for our community. We thought of doing it ourselves instead of waiting for other people to come do it. For us, it was taking responsibility for the area we live in, bringing about the change we wanted to see,” he says.

In addition to the clean-ups, they also decided to hold a tin drive to help schools, organisations and the less fortunate in their community.

This tin drive took place last Saturday, when they collected non-perishable food items to be handed over to those in need.

Wyngaard says the idea behind the tin drive was for everyone to start seeing each other as humans first, show compassion towards one another and start caring for those in need. “We must open our heart, start caring and then only will we start to see positive change.

“We have schools here, although they get help from the department, we know that what they have is not enough, so we had to donate to them. We also worked with Living Hope, as they are always in the community and they know exactly where the need is, so we had them help distribute the food that we collected,” adds Wyngaard.

Wyngaard says it is vital that residents take charge of their communities.

“With drugs, gangsterism and substance abuse in most areas, we wanted to bring positive things in our own area. We have been cleaning in dumping hotspots and we are seeing a change. Although some people still dump, it is not as much as before.

“Also, when we clean up the area, we talk to the people close there about the importance of keeping the area clean. This is not just for the community to look better, but our children will have a clean area to play in and it will improve the look of our area and improve property values. So we had to look around and see what we can do as residents and things are beginning to change.”

Through the drive they managed to make 120 parcels of groceries, made five huge boxes filled with Groceries which will be delivered to two Schools in Ocean View and three needy organisations.

They also feed the local community.

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