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Children clear rubbish in play area

Kids from Saldanha all got together to help clean up the area.

The children of Diazville Hopland and learners from various schools, such as Diazville Primary, Diazville High, St Andrews, Saldanha Primary and Weskus School, all came together and took the initiative to help clean up the area where they play, which is Diazville Hopland on Tuesday 1 May.

Together they managed to fill 400 black bags with rubbish, from the open area where they play. According to Farooq van Rhyn, chairperson and founder of Diazville Football Club, the children started cleaning the area (which is opposite his house) last December.

“A lot of children were playing in front of my house on a daily basis, and whenever they played, the ball landed in the road, so I noticed that it was a dangerous area for them to play in.

“It was then that I decided to start cleaning that space in Diazville Hopland for the children to play”, said Van Rhyn when asked why he decided to clean the area. At the clean-up, there was a competition to see who could collect the most rubbish bags and the winning team received hamper bags with sweets and chips. Van Rhyn adds that all the children and parents who helped, also received refreshments.

He says there are many talented children in the local community and that he is passionate about supporting them and developing their skills. Van Rhyn also encourages the children to participate in extra curricular activities.

He adds that the open space where the children play also serves as an “after care” because there are many single parents that are busy during the day, but now the children can play until their parents come home.

“My main idea was to try and keep the children from doing the wrong things and I also use sport as a tool for peace, tolerance and respect and to help prevent drug abuse and crime. “My goal is to try and change the mindsets of our children and to give them a sense of belonging,” said van Rhyn.

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