Do­na­tion will help teach teens lifeskills

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NON-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Ma­sithethe Coun­selling Ser­vices (for­merly Life­line East Lon­don), re­ceived a do­na­tion of R20 000 from the Gately Ro­tary Club on June 19 dur­ing the an­nual wine auc­tion at the Pre­mier Ho­tel.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was one of the 11 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­vited by the club.

Di­rec­tor of Ma­sithethe Coun­selling ser­vices Jackie Orsmond said the funds would go to­wards their Tween Lifeskill Course.

The Daily Dis­patch re­ported (“Ro­tary Club do­nates 20k” June 20th) that the Gately Club of Ro­tary's aim was to sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions that con­trib­uted to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

“Ma­sithethe Couselling Ser­vices has been work­ing with the com­mu­ni­ties of the Buf­falo City Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for the past 33 years. It pro­vides con­fi­den­tial and free coun­selling for adults and chil­dren,” Orsmond said.

She said this in­cluded trauma coun­selling, de­brief­ing and other coun­selling ses­sions.

The Tween Lifeskill Course started on Mon­day with chil­dren from St John's Pri­mary School, Lu­jiza Pri­mary School, Canaan School of Academy, Masakhane Pri­mary School and East Lon­don High.

“This pro­gramme is be­ing con­ducted in re­sponse to the need for pupils to im­prove their self-knowl­edge and to em­power them by giv­ing them skills on how to deal with life is­sues and sit­u­a­tions.

“The pro­gramme fo­cuses on trust build­ing, anger man­age­ment, peer pres­sure, stress man­age­ment, teenage preg­nancy, de­pres­sion, sex­ual health and other is­sues that teenagers go through in their lives,” she said.

The courses are free of charge and uni­ver­sity stu­dents vol­un­teer as fa­cil­i­ta­tors.

One such stu­dent is Na­dia du Plessis, a Psy­chol­ogy stu­dent at Unisa who started vol­un­teer­ing at Ma­sithethe coun­selling ser­vices in April.

“Be­ing here has been eye open­ing be­cause you meet with dif­fer­ent peo­ple ev­ery day who are go­ing through trou­bled times in their lives,” Du Plessis said.

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