Youth of Factreton have formed a committee to help take care of the park in Patrys Plein by hosting events to benefit mostly the youngsters in the community.
The Plein committee hosted its first project in the park last Saturday when more than 20 people – from six years to their early twenties – participated in various activities.
Project coordinator Cheslyn Steenberg explains: “The objective is to activate the energies of our young people and residents to basically ignite social cohesion. We have games and fun activities. Factreton is like a war zone, yet we as the youth are not deterred by this evil plaguing our community.
“The Patrys Plein park committee is a group of young people aiming to improve the conditions of the Patrys Plein park and encourage its sustainable use. We aim to make the park safe and secure for anyone to use, including children and the elderly. Our vision is to have park committees established in each park, having the residents take ownership of their parks and creating safe havens for our children and young people.”
Among the games played were pool, dominoes, chess, dodge ball and table tennis.
Another member of the committee, Taswill Titus, says he the initiative aims to uplift the youngsters in the community. He says the participants in the last event showed interest and commitment and they hope the number of attendees will increase.
Titus says they also want to challenge other youth from neighbouring communities to start playing a role in changing lives and creating a safer environment.
“Young people look at us as their rolemodels. We have to set an example. It is our responsibility to guide them and show them there is a better life than drugs and gangsterism,” Titus says.
The committee members say their next event will be a movie screening event, themed “Movie under the Stars”.