Po­li­ce use sport to com­bat a­bu­se

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The 16 Days of Acti­vism for No Vi­o­len­ce a­gainst Wo­men and Child­ren cam­paign is ta­king pla­ce from 25 No­vem­ber to 10 De­cem­ber this y­e­ar.

The Graaff-rei­net Com­mu­ni­ty Po­li­cing Forum, in con­juncti­on with the SAPS, held a sports day on Wed­nes­day mor­ning, 28 No­vem­ber, at the F­red Huf­kie O­val in Kroon­va­le, which has been the high­lig­ht of the pro­gram­me.

The aim for this e­vent was to s­how child­ren that sports can be an out­let for the frus­tra­ti­ons ex­pe­rien­ced at ho­me, such as being un­der pres­su­re from u­nem­ploy­ed pa­rents.

Of­ten the­se pa­rents or ot­her fa­mi­ly mem­bers are a­bu­sing sub­stan­ces such as al­co­hol and d­rugs or suf­fe­ring from do­mes­tic vi­o­len­ce, and the child­ren are left unsu­re of w­he­re t­heir next me­al is co­ming from.

The sports day was main­ly tar­ge­ted at child­ren from bro­ken or un­sta­ble ho­mes to s­how that they do not al­ways ha­ve to turn to d­rugs them­sel­ves but can find an in­te­rest that can be­ne­fit them for li­fe.

Mem­bers of the sports co-or­di­na­ti­on te­am at SAPS spo­ke and en­coura­ged the child­ren a­bout w­hat sports can do for them, and why it is im­por­tant to stay a­way from d­rugs and al­co­hol. They al­so stres­sed the im­por­tan­ce of re­por­ting cri­mes.

It was a won­der­ful day for the child­ren, who could fi­nal­ly play in a sa­fe and se­cu­re en­vi­ron­ment wit­hout ha­ving to wor­ry a­bout who mig­ht hurt them.

Cst Ru­che A­dolph, one of the or­ga­ni­sers, was de­lig­h­ted that the te­am was a­ble to ar­ran­ge an e­vent that broug­ht joy to so ma­ny tiny fa­ces, in an en­vi­ron­ment w­he­re no form of bul­lying could ta­ke pla­ce.

The e­vents that took pla­ce we­re a six-a-si­de cric­ket ma­tch, fi­ve-a-si­de soccer as well as a se­ven-a-si­de rug­by ma­tch, play­ed with g­re­at ent­hu­si­asm by the child­ren of a very sad and trou­bled com­mu­ni­ty. Af­ter­ward, the child­ren we­re tre­a­ted by a me­al, so that they could go ho­me with full tum­mies and so­me las­ting hap­py me­mo­ries.

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