The Heide Primary Sports Day, held by Heidedal Local Drug Awareness Campaign (HLDAC) on 16 June 2018, turned out to be a huge success. Children from all around Bloemfontein showed up and the day was filled with bright eyes and big smiles. The Sports Day was held to celebrate the youth and Youth Day and to create awareness on the issue of substance abuse, while presenting sports, music and other activities as alternatives to the current social ills.
According to HLDAC chairperson, Gregory Werner, all proceeds raised on the day will go towards building a new training cricket pitch, which will provide even more options to youngsters. “I enjoyed the day very much. It was very nice to see how the team and supporters enjoyed themselves and at the same time wanted to hear more about the drugs at the stalls and to become more involved in the various activities. That is what we wanted to achieve. It was a success,” said Werner.
One of the highlights of the day was when they received a visit from Professor Frances Peterson, UFS Vice-Chancellor. Not only did the professor engage with the children, but during a meeting with John Page, Heide principal, and Gregory Werner he also pledged more sustainable support from the university to look for a holistic and a joint approach to find solutions and build stronger communities.
“The day was a huge success thanks to all our sponsors, the community and everybody else that took part. We are looking forward to an even bigger event for 2019,” concluded Werner.
PIERCE VAN HEERDEN