ISSUES AT STAKE: When a plan comes together

THE dust has settled after the 11th annual ‘Walk Away from Drugs’ event.

Actually, given the fact it poured the night before and rain was still bucketing down at dawn on the day, there was very little dust, but puddles aplenty.

That did not deter more than 800 eager participants from taking part in a colourful, noisy affirmation of their opposition to the drug and alcohol curse that continues to bring heartache to the lives of victims and their families.

This brings me to the main elements that make such an event successful: committed volunteers, a worthy cause and generous sponsors.

I have always believed most people are giving by nature, and will respond to an earnest call.

As such, we needed to tap into their willingness rather than overcome their reluctance.

This was the basis for strategy as the first meeting took place some months back.

Knowing the public is well sensitised to the drug pandemic, thanks to the work of Sanca and the many newspaper articles we have carried, it was then a matter of appealing to those individuals and entities renowned for their commitment to community needs.

First off was the venue, and as usual the Zululand Yacht Club was more than accommodating, despite the fact a wedding was to take place just a couple of hours after the walk ended.

Thanks to the liberality of Ikhwezi Transport and Biyela Transport, getting the kids to and from the venue was a done deal.

Marshalls and water tables? No problem, the Meerensee CPF did a sterling job on the former, the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging and church groups got into the refreshment table ‘spirit’, while safety and security was easily managed by uMhlathuze City Traffic and Alpha Security.

Knowing many of the children would have arrived with empty stomachs, just one call to Bluff Meats and another to Lakeside Spar saw at least one free hotdog handed out to every entrant.

Bell Equipment again sponsored muffins by the dozen for ‘dessert’.

With Ocean Audio sponsoring the sound and Zululand Multi Sport Club the speed fencing, the way was clear for Bootcamps to do the fun warm-up activities before the group hit the road with gusto.

There was no shortage of water and cold drinks on the route, but the real reward came at the finish line, with each person receiving a commemorative embroidered cloth badge courtesy of Peggallery.

Then came the excitement of the prize giving, with trophies and some stunning awards – such as the computer from South32 and computer desk from the Richards Bay IDZ, in addition to the many medals, vouchers, gifts and handouts.

We have raised some financial help and created lots of awareness that will assist Sanca to deliver their important services.

To every sponsor, donor, participant and volunteer: don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?!

HAVE YOUR SAY

Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

For news straight to your phone invite us:

WhatsApp – 072 069 4169

Instagram – zululand_observer

Latest News

COMMENTS

Top
Recommended Story x
ISSUES AT STAKE: Then along came Coco