Plett Rage be­comes a force for good

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - YOLANDE STANDER

AS ONE of South Africa’s big­gest youth fes­ti­vals got off to a busy start in Plet­ten­berg Bay yes­ter­day, it was clear the an­nual Plett Rage has be­come more than just a party.

An es­ti­mated 9 000 school leavers from across the coun­try ar­rived in the coastal re­sort for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the 10day fes­ti­val, and to enjoy the sunny weather that moved through Plett by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Or­gan­is­ers are ex­pect­ing more than 15 000 to at­tend the fes­ti­val over the pe­riod, which ends on De­cem­ber 5.

While or­gan­is­ers en­sure a stel­lar pro­gramme on the en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­ity front, the past four years have also seen the event make ef­forts to “plough back into the com­mu­nity”.

Dubbed the Rage 4 Good cam­paign, the of­fi­cial so­cioe­co­nomic ini­tia­tive of the Plett Rage fo­cuses on up­lift­ing the town’s youth.

“It also seeks to in­cul­cate a sense of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in the youth at­tend­ing Plett Rage,” said Ni­cola Probyn of Fire­cracker, the ini­tia­tive’s mar­ket­ing agency.

Probyn said the fes­ti­val own­ers had ap­proached Fire­cracker to de­velop the pro­gramme as they felt the event cre­ated an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to “give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity”. “They felt some­thing should be done out of re­spect for the com­mu­nity, and to en­gage Ragers in so­cial uplift­ment ini­tia­tives.”

Each year they gauged the com­mu­nity’s needs be­fore de­cid­ing on any Rage 4 Good projects.

As part of this year’s ac­tivi- ties, fes­ti­val own­ers had in­vited matric can­di­dates from the town’s un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties to the open­ing night of the fes­ti­val at VIP Su­per Club last night, free of charge.

“They wanted to do this as they wanted lo­cal stu­dents to feel in­cluded in the cel­e­bra­tions that hap­pen in their back­yard.”

About 90 matric can­di­dates from the Plet­ten­berg Bay Sec­ondary School were given tick­ets to at­tend the open­ing, and 16 fes­ti­val week passes were given to pupils who had achieved or worked hard through the year.

An­other 60 for­mer pupils from Mur­ray High School were also given tick­ets to the open­ing, while 10 re­ceived a week pass.

This in­cluded trans­port and food vouch­ers.

Rage 4 Good will also be host­ing an art project which is set to cre­ate aware­ness of cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Two 2.5m metal struc­tures, re­sem­bling feet, have been built, and Ragers will be able to dec­o­rate them us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­rial to sym­bol­ise their car­bon foot­print.

It will be con­structed on Cen­tral Beach to­day and tomorrow. “The sculp­tures will then be do­nated to the Plett Sec­ondary School to dec­o­rate their school grounds and to leave a legacy of Plett Rage 2015.”

Yes­ter­day, Plett 4 Good hosted a Christ­mas party at the Ma­sizame child and youth cen­tre for 160 chil­dren. Each child re­ceived a party box with food and a small toy.

“We will also be do­nat­ing a mini-li­brary to their re­source cen­tre and train­ing for teach­ers on how to use the re­source,” said Probyn. – Gar­den Route Me­dia

PIC­TURE: EWALD STANDER

YAY! Young­sters wait to reg­is­ter for the Rage 4 Good fes­ti­val at the Bea­con Is­land Ho­tel in Plett.

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