Heart FM crew drop the mic and lend a hand

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ROBIN ADAMS

CHIL­DREN from the Rooid- akke area in Grabouw have one more rea­son to smile.

They’ve been given a new toy li­brary thanks to the Heart FM ra­dio team, who rolled into town as part of their 16 days for youth cam­paign.

The pre­vi­ous toy li­brary had been bur­gled and van­dalised sev­eral times in the last few months.

The sta­tion’s pro­gramme man­ager, Den­ver Apol­lus, said the area now fi­nally has “a lock­able con­tainer that would not get bro­ken into”.

“It was very over­whelm­ing for the team from Early Years Ser­vices, in that a prob­lem that has been re­cur­ring for months has now fi­nally been solved and a so­lu­tion found,” he said.

Early Years Ser­vices run the toy li­brary, and project di­rec­tor Avril Cupido said its main fo­cus is “to teach par­ents and care­givers how to work with the toys and what out­comes to achieve es­pe­cially for chil­dren liv­ing with foetal al­co­hol syn­drome”.

“This is why we work closely with the chil­dren from Golden Kids, a crèche next to the toy li­brary,” she said.

Cupido said the in­clu­sion of chil­dren liv­ing with foetal al­co­hol syn­drome had helped many young­sters in the Grabouw area, as they were more ex­posed to sub­stance abuse.

“Many of the kids are on the farms, so the toy li­brar­i­ans need to go out to help en­rich these chil­dren’s lives,” she said.

Apol­lus and his Heart FM col­leagues also fixed an ad­ja­cent Wendy house where the

– Den­ver Apol­lus

chil­dren are taught.

“We fixed door han­dles, we fixed up light fit­tings, and we moved shelves into the con­tainer to set up the li­brary. We made it pos­si­ble for them to have a more sus­tain­able model, it is now a func­tional class­room,” he said.

“(It’s) more about Grabouw than just the li­brary.”

The team also de­liv­ered boxes of bis­cuits, veg­eta­bles, cloth­ing and items for a nearby soup kitchen.

Ev­ery year from June 1, Heart FM shuts its Green Point stu­dios and trav­els across the Western Cape, broad­cast­ing its ra­dio pro­grammes from the places the team vis­its.

Its aim is to bring hope to dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties. A new con­cept on this year’s tour is the “Power Hour”.

“We put the elec­tric­ity me­ter num­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tions that we are vis­it­ing on our Face­book page, and the Heart FM au­di­ence pur­chase elec­tric­ity for them, and we are able to make a dif­fer­ence. It has a mas­sive im­pact,” Apol­lus said.

“The toy li­brary has elec­tric­ity now and has five years worth of elec­tric­ity based on their cur­rent us­age.”

The 16 days for youth cam­paign is all about “peo­ple com­ing on board and be­ing the change”, he added.

“We are tak­ing the mi­cro­phone to the com­mu­ni­ties to give them a voice. We are al­low­ing them to tell their stories,” Apol­lus said.

The next stop for the Heart FM crew is Chukker Road sports com­plex in Ke­nil­worth and to­mor­row, they will make their way to Saartjie Baart­man Cen­tre for Women and Chil­dren in Ma­nen­berg to in­stall a new kitchen.

For more in­for­ma­tion, check out www.16daysfory­outh.com.

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS

Veron­ica Wil­liams, Raphael Kol­bee and Ner­ine Granger brought some joy to the chil­dren of the Golden Kids Pre-School in Grabouw this week. Heart FM pre­sented a new toy li­brary con­tainer in Rooidakke as part of its 16-day youth cam­paign.

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