Youth roll up sleeves

2016-07-19 06:00
 Ocean View children were treated on Youth Day, following a clean-up of their community.

Ocean View children were treated on Youth Day, following a clean-up of their community.

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June in Cape Town usually means one thing – frequent grey skies with relentless storms rolling in off the Atlantic Ocean.

The community in Ocean View, however, was hard at work making sure that Youth Day (Thursday 16 June) was a day filled with rays of hope for their youth, despite the weather.

It was a day to remember, with hundreds of local kids rolling up their sleeves and doing their bit to tidy up their neighbourhood.

After all the hard work to make Ocean View spick and span, all the kids were treated to a full day of fun, learning and eating, thanks to House of Praise contributing breakfast and Spur Corporation contributing lunch for all the hungry tummies.

The day was hosted at the sports grounds of Ocean View Football Club and was a collaboration between the football club, Restoring Hope – a Western Cape organisation assisting the homeless and needy, House of Praise, Extreme Gaming and Fruit(N)ation, a youth empowerment organisation.

The day was jam-packed with action, including singing, rapping, motivational speakers, sport and video games, a live DJ, Spur jumping castles, breakfast and lunch – all over and above the actual morning clean-up.

Dale Hendricks of Restoring Hope says: “The purpose of conducting this initiative is to create awareness amongst the youth and kids of the importance of taking care of the environment. By educating and teaching our youth about the consequences of neglecting their environment, we can start to make a positive difference in creating a clean and sustainable environment in our communities.”

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