MARC Sports – Mkhondo Alathia Rehabilitation Centre hosted a very successful Sports Against Drugs Day on the 27 April 2016.
Coordinators of the programme for the day were Ms Khanyisile Ndlangamandla and Ms Patricia Simelane from MARC. The aim of the sports day was to help young people see that they can have fun without using drugs and to raise awareness against substance abuse. Five local schools, where MARC is currently presenting substance abuse prevention programmes, took part in the soccer tournament.
The participating schools were Ndlela High School, Kwashuku Secondary School, Inqubeko Secondary School, Amadlelo Secondary School and Buhlebuzile Secondary School. Ndlela High won the boys tournament with a score of 2-1 and Amadlelo Secondary won the girls tournament 3-1. A fun match also took place between teachers and Mkhondo FM staff, with the teachers winning 4-3. One of the challenges experienced on the day, was that some spectators brought alcohol into the stadium, as the event was open to the community.
This simply highlights the reality that the youth is being faced with chalenges on a daily basis. There are increasing messages from society, community and family members that using alcohol at a young age, or using drugs, is acceptable and cool. The Bound and Kemoja programmes that MARC is conducting at the schools are aimed at helping the youth to make the right choices when faced with these difficult situations. MARC wants to thank all the sponsors and stakeholders who contributed towards the day. Your support helped to make the day a huge success. MARC hopes to make this an annual event in future.