Keeping the youth active
The Welverdiend Youth services recently held a 7.5 fun walk and youth month commemoration event. The walk went from Southern Wildlife College to Welverdiend Village and the theme of the event was; “Let the Youth Be Seen and Heard”.
The fun walk started at 07:30 in the morning and it’s aim was to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle. The purpose of the fun walk was to encourage the public to live a healthy lifestyle and form support groups. There were also a variety of activities during the day, such as aerobics, poetry and free medical screening tests.
All the participating stakeholders such NYDA, SEDA, Department of Health and Department of Social Development were given stalls to promote their services. Nhlamulo Mkahubele and Nozipho Sakri Nyathi, who were the organisers of the event stated that the aim of both events was to instill the habit of leading a healthy lifestyle through behavioural change and to raise awareness about the risk factors related to unhealthy lifestyles and the importance of prevention of disease.
Daniel Mongwe from Welverdiend was one of the participants in the fun walk. According to Mongwe, the walk was influential and essential because it keeps them busy and helps them to refrain from being in trouble.
He highlighted that the event was a fun way of curbing away illness. Mongwe also said that they got to enjoy rather than to compete, even though there were no medals. He said he believes that the community will strive to join and increase the number of participants from 35 to 70.
NYDA’s Zuzile Nyathi Thete mentioned the challenges and the social ills faced by youth.
“Young people must not be narrow minded, they must dwell much on education and they must always knock at NYDA’s offices for assistance if they are willing to be their own bosses” she said.
Makhubele thanked the local businesses who helped with donations.
“Their engagement really meant a lot to us and our Youth” said Makhubele.