Not too young to make a dif­fer­ence

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TYLER ROODT

A STRANDFONTEIN teenager has made it his life’s mis­sion to make his com­mu­nity a bet­ter place.

Jason Davis, 18, who ma­tric­u­lated from Strandfontein High last year, has spo­ken at churches in his area about is­sues plagu­ing the coun­try, has spent hours do­ing vol­un­teer work with the poor, and has even job-shad­owed with the City – all in a bid to find so­lu­tions to so­cial prob­lems.

His ded­i­ca­tion and am­bi­tion even caught the eye of So­cial De­vel­op­ment MEC Al­bert Fritz, who recog­nised Jason’s po­ten­tial and of­fered him an in­tern­ship with the City of Cape Town in his depart­ment.

Jason, af­ter start­ing his in­tern­ship, ap­proached pupils from his for­mer high school and in­cluded them in es­tab­lish­ing a weekly soup kitchen in the Mas­incedane in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

“They (the pupils) gather here at my house and we pre­pare the food, but we try to make it fun,” Jason said.

Kelvin Ash­burner as­sists at the Sun­day soup kitchen. “We do­nate veg­eta­bles and make the soup at Jason’s house on Fri­days. We try to en­cour­age more peo­ple to help out,” he said.

Jason hopes to branch out to other lo­ca­tions. “We want to grow a vegetable gar­den and teach them (res­i­dents) how to tend it, so they can be­come self­sus­tain­ing.”

He cred­ited his fam­ily, for­mer teacher Sur­jen Dil­raj, and 7de Laan ac­tress and friend Vinette Ebrahim, as his role mod­els.

With as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a politi­cian, he also cited Nel­son Man­dela as one of his big­gest in­flu­ences for help­ing pave the way for young peo­ple to make a dif­fer­ence in the world.

Jason said Youth Day has a spe­cial place in his heart. He urged young peo­ple to play a role in their com­mu­ni­ties.

PIC­TURE: PHANDO JIKELO

Jason Davis is run­ning a soup kitchen.

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