Youth day ‘claims’ spot from gangsters

2019-06-25 06:01
Children dancing to music, with a step that was rehearsed.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Children dancing to music, with a step that was rehearsed.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Smiles were brought to the faces of children in the Tafelsig during an event in commemoration of Youth Day.

Inspiring Our Community (IOC), a registered non-profit organisation (NPO), organised the event at the park in Kilimanjaro Street in Tafelsig on Monday last week (17 June).

Activities included dance, a mini soccer tournament and face painting. The event was first opened in prayer by religious leaders representing the Christian and Muslim faith.

It was attended by both old and young, supporting their children who were taking part in the activities.

Edries Davids, coordinator of IOC, was joined by Ebrahim Smith, Ursula Isaacs, Jordan Fransman (16) and all residents.

Davids said the event sought to allow the children an opportunity to have fun and forget about all the harsh realities in their community.

“Today is all about them, this is our way of trying to make a change in the community,” he explained.

He said it took them six weeks to prepare for the event, which he described as a success and he thanked his team for their collective efforts.

He said part of why they hosted the annual event was to claim the vacant land where it was hosted.

According to him, the land is used by gangsters when they do their illegal acts.

“This is a shooting range for gangsters and now we are claiming it back to us as residents. Besides that, the theme for (today) is about education and fun and games,” he explained.

Smith commended the organisation for hosting the event and said that it is a good initiative for the community.

He shared the same sentiment of claiming back the space from the gangsters. His wish is for the event to grow and touch many more lives.

“I hope this will never stop and that it will bring more and more events and also encourage more public participation,” said Smith.

Isaacs did not have many words except to express how much she was enjoying herself.

“I am having a great time, I am here to watch my grandchild taking part, she is in the group that dances,” said Isaacs.

It was no different for Jordan, he said he liked being a young boy in the area.

He said he appreciated what the IOC is doing for the community and is passionate about football, and would like to pursue it when he finishes school.

“I go to Cedar High School and I want to be a football star when I finish school because I love soccer and it can take you far in life,” he said.

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