Our Youth is Important to us – The Reformed Uniting Church coopted MARC for a holiday drug and alcohol awareness and prevention campaign.
The use of addictive substances is escalating seriously among the youth all over the world and in South Africa and, unfortunately, also in our area. The youth is bombarded with temptations. Seeing that our youth make out the leaders of tomorrow, members of the Reformed Uniting Church decided to launch an awareness and prevention campaign in Retiefville during the recent October school holidays. They invited the qualified staff from MARC to conduct “workshops” on 6, 7 and 8 October in their church.
About 60 young boys and girls attended these and hopefully some impact was made on at least some of their lives. Parts of the “Bound” and “Kemojo” programmes were used and the dangers of substance abuse were highlighted. Kemojo is a Tswana word implying that “you are okay without drugs”. Clifford Anderson from the church would like to thank MARC staff Patricia Simelane, Gugu Nkabinde and the three peer counsellors for assisting them with this very important issue.