YES, Mgoqo, Toppers do­nate to Emthun­zini Wethemba

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

MGOQO Pri­mary School’s net­ball and soc­cer teams in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Toppers Uni­forms yes­ter­day do­nated 100 packs of san­i­tary pads to Emthun­zini Wethemba Chil­dren’s Home as part of their Youth in Ed­u­ca­tion through Sports (YES) pro­gramme.

YES is a pro­gramme that was ini­ti­ated by the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) in 1999 to im­part life skills to youth­ful ath­letes us­ing sport as a plat­form.

The pro­gramme is made up of three com­po­nents, sport, peer ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity projects.

Youth teams com­pete in all three com­po­nents, which are given equal weight­ing in com­pe­ti­tions for pur­poses of judg­ing.

“Un­der the pro­gramme, we are en­cour­aged not only to take part in sports, but com­mu­nity ser­vice as well. As part of our com­mu­nity ser­vice, we heard Dot Youth talk­ing on the ra­dio about some less priv­i­leged youths that can­not af­ford ba­sic needs, es­pe­cially the girl child.

“We then asked them to iden­tify an or­phan­age we could make a do­na­tion to and we ended up choos­ing Emthun­zini Wethemba,” said Mar­lane Makan­jera of Mgoqo Pri­mary.

“We have done other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as fill­ing pot holes in our com­mu­nity. We would like to thank our spon­sors, who helped us with the do­na­tion and hope their gen­eros­ity will not end here, but con­tinue to fill gaps in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Emthun­zini Wethemba ad­min­is­tra­tor Anita Maria Dick said: “As an in­sti­tu­tion, we are so grate­ful that the teams iden­ti­fied us.

Al­though it was a sur­prise, our prayers were an­swered be­cause as a non-profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, we some­times strug­gle pro­vid­ing these ba­sic needs.

“Here we have 36 chil­dren in to­tal, so pro­vid­ing for them is some­times hard. We hope the school will con­tinue mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.”

Mgoqo Pri­mary has been ac­tive in the YES pro­gramme and are the net­ball de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons while the boys’ soc­cer team was last year’s run­ner-up.

Teams start com­pet­ing in the YES Games at ward through dis­trict, pro­vin­cial and re­gional lev­els be­fore the na­tional fi­nals hosted by one prov­ince as a pre­cur­sor to the Na­tional Youth Games.

The pro­gramme has been used ex­ten­sively to ad­dress key de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues, such as HIV/ Aids — @khumza­llen.

Mgoqo stu­dent Nkosi­bongiwe Ndlovu hands over san­i­tary pads to Emthun­zini Wethemba Ad­min­is­tra­tor Anita Maria Dick while the Toppers Uni­forms mar­ket­ing team looks on

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