Drug Awareness Event in QwaQwa

A Community Sports and Wellness day was organised by the Revolution RYWC in support of Barona Bana Association. The event was held at QwaQwa on Saturday, the 24th October 2015.

The purpose of the event was to discuss the challenges that our youth faces in the community that could lead to usage of drugs and alcohol. Tips were shared on how to eliminate/reduce high number of youth starting to use drugs and alcohol at the early stage. The club would like to believe that this initiative it was one of many attempts to serve as a solution in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and Rape in the community.

After realizing that many young people use alcohol as a way of fun and the consequences of it may lead to destroying their future, the Revolution RYWC decided to work in partnership with relevant stakeholders as to create happy environment for youth in our community.

The secondary Aims and Objectives for this activity were:

  • Create an independent social and cultural space that is open and appealing to all.
  • Give young people a chance to choose from a wide-range of creative activities that facilitate collaboration.
  • Introduce new forms of participatory activities combining different creative disciplines, including visual arts, drama, music and dance.
  • Provide children from all families with the chance to do things together, since they are separated from each other both at school and at home.
  • Build an atmosphere of shared fun and laughter

Highlights

Marching to Sports Ground

The event started at 09H00 from Majara Intermediate School with a march in order to make the community aware of the activity and also to create awareness that we (the club) stand against the usage of substance abuse for children. Three Rise Clubs (Revolution, Mehaladitwe and Unlimited RYWC) attending the activity. The march was led by two rise members who were holding banner with message saying “Working together to fight crime”. Other rise members were holding posters. The march was entertained by The Unlimited Y.C majorettes and Football club were also marching with us. Majara Soul Buddies males were asked to take part as ball fillers for the tournament.

Sports Tournament

  • After a very successful march, we reached the sports ground were all the participants were asked to be seated in one space as to discuss the importance of the event and how the soccer tournament will work.
  • Soul City Fieldworker, Hilda Gabanantho was also part of the event as she was welcoming the participants and community.
  • SAAYC (Southern African Association of Youth Clubs) supported the event by providing prizes and came with jumping castle for children to have fun. The also supported with sound system.
  • We organised few community talented youth to come and broadcast the games as to create fun in the event.
  • Mobile clinic was also part of the activity as to promote HCT in the community.
  • We also invited University of Free State (QwaQwa campus) and Maluti TVET College as to address the Grade 12’s to give them guidance in choosing their careers.
  • 7 teams took part in tournament, and Tlhonolofatso F.C won the tournament after beating Mehaladitwe F.C in the finals.
  • Buddies for Life were featured as to perform KOFIFI dance for the supporters before the finals.
  • Due to lack/shortage of water in the community, organisation that asked to remain unknown bought water for the participants.
  • Organisations that were present were: SAAYC, Mark of Hope, National Youth Transformation, My mentor and I, Buddies For Life
  • More than 120 children and youth were present in the event.

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