Young friends on empowering kick

2016-03-22 06:00
Gladys (centre) gets treated to a new pair of shoes by Dylan Cairns (left) and Charlton Fezi, founders of the organisation Youth Redemption, on Saturday.

Gladys (centre) gets treated to a new pair of shoes by Dylan Cairns (left) and Charlton Fezi, founders of the organisation Youth Redemption, on Saturday.

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Two young men from Woodstock are on a mission to find comfort for feet as they went around handing out shoes to homeless people on Saturday.

Dylan Cairns (21) and Charlton Fezi (20) founded an organisation called Youth Redemption, which is motivating, inspiring and encouraging the youth to further their education and become entrepreneurs.

It also gives them a platform to showcase their talents.

“Giving back to the community is also another aspect which is important to us,” said Cairns as he explained their project to find shoes for the homeless in their area.

“In December last year we did our first food drive in Woodstock and that is where we noticed that most of the people on the streets didn’t own a decent pair of shoes. Some didn’t even have shoes at all.

“And that’s when we decided to start the ‘kick game grind’ project.

“What we have been doing is collecting shoes (kicks) from various donors and today we are going around to find feet who need these shoes.”

The two have been friends since attending Gardens Commercial High, where they matriculated in 2013.

“We both have our individual talents,” said Fezi.

“I like being a rap artist, with Dylan being a soccer player, but we share a passion for showing that as youth we have a part to play in empowering other young people in the community.

“We’re always looking at how we can help and our next project that we have in mind is ‘fresher than you’, where we want to collect toiletries for people who are living on the street to show them that there are people who care for them.

“Another idea is to have community clean-up days to remove rubble and litter from the area.”

V For more information on Youth Redemption call Cairns on 084 242 2915.

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