The South African Youth Cadets launched the opening of their Grassy Park branch in Acacia Road in Parkwood on Saturday 3 November.Founder and National Commander of SA Youth Cadets General Randall Petersen says the purpose of the day was to raise funds for extra uniforms and band instruments for the youth cadets.“Our SA youth cadet family fair went well. There were food stalls and toys. We had a DJ flown in from Johannesburg. We have had raffles and the kids have a jumping castle. There was a nice crowd. As the founder and national president of South African youth cadets, I would like to say thank you to everybody who supported us. The vibe was great, community is great. There was a nice unity,” says Petersen.He says that the establishment of the South African Youth Cadets came out of his years with the youth cadets, cubs, scouts, the cadets at school, the brigade, the army and then the police. “For many years I have been drilling children, but when they get to matric there is no drilling organisation. There was a demand from the youth to be part of some drilling institution, but with me. That led to the establishment of South African Youth cadets, previously known as SA drilling academy,” says Petersen.Children from the age of six and up are encouraged to join the programme as registration is free.“Children from the age of six and over can join for free to learn discipline, order, control, creative intelligence, creative games and that is the reason I, as the founder, started the South African youth cadets for the children running around on the street using drugs, alcohol and other things. (That) was my concern, as a disciplined man, I then started the SA youth cadets in Mitchell’s Plain. We started with 230 people. It spread to Grassy Park,” he adds. Petersen says they achieved their objectives for the day and was pleased at the outcome of their first event in the area.“Going forward we will have more functions such as karaoke and dancing, but also in the sense of developing our children from age six to over 21. They can get in touch with me,” he says.He also plans to launch a South African Youth Cadets branch in Ottery on Saturday 24 November from 09:00 to 12:00. “Anyone who wishes to establish a youth branch is welcome to get in touch with me. The uniforms are free as well although we give them a collection list. Our challenges today are single parenting, drug-related issues, substance abuses, lack of food and clothing in our areas as well as parents not interested in the development of our children and our youth.”Deputy National Commander of South African Youth Cadets Brigadier Juanita Cupido thanked the community of Parkwood for Saturday’s event.“From my side, I would like to thank each and everyone that made this day possible. Every day we face drugs, gangsterism, children without adults to guide them in the right direction. With this movement we wish to change that and would to reach out the parents to enrol their kids in order to create a better future for ourselves and generations to come.”V For more infomration contact Randall Petersen on 078 019 3247 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.