Street stands still with celebration

2019-06-25 06:00
Dancing, singing and all performing groups put on a show at the event hosted by Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation.

Dancing, singing and all performing groups put on a show at the event hosted by Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation. (Racine Edwardes)

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Vrygrond residents and Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation shut down Vrygrond Avenue on Monday 17 June and held a festival to celebrate local talents for Youth Day.

With Youth Day falling on Sunday 16 June, this year, the foundation saw the public holiday, Monday 17 June as the perfect opportunity to get the community together to celebrate by showcasing their talents.

“People from various areas attended, participated and assisted us in performing arts such as dancing, singing, storytelling, poetry as well as motivational talks in regards to the importance of this day – to inspire, motivate and encourage one another to continue bringing about positive social changes for a better and brighter future,” says Kyle Cupido, project manager at the foundation.

All members at the foundation were elated at the response from the community. 

“I can’t say how many people were there, but judging from the number of chips we handed out, it could have been about 500 people.” 

He continued: “It was a great event, the crowd was huge, people were very receptive and it was supported well by the community.”

The day-long event was the culmination of a collaboration between the community and a number of organisations which included Projects Abroad SA, the world’s largest international volunteering and internship provider.

Cupido explains that a number of volunteers from the organisation made their way out to Vrygrond on the day, to assist with all that was needed to make the event a success.

A volunteer who is working on teaching and development, Anna Jonas, was part of the volunteers at the event. 

She was happy to interact with the locals and be a part of the occasion. 

She said: “We got here and we helped with making sandwiches and giving the food to the children.”

One of the residents who attended the event with his friends, and thoroughly enjoyed the performances, was Cameron Matthews. 

“I think it was good for the community. It was good entertainment for everyone. I enjoyed it,” he says.

Cupido concluded by giving thanks to Muizenberg police, Metro Police, ST Owners Club, Harley Owners Group, Truda Snacks and Projects Abroad SA who played a role in making the event a success. 

“Their presence and participation is valued and very much appreciated and we as the foundation would like to say a big thank you to all of them for their contributions, especially during the opening march.”

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