June 16, 2017 – Youth Day. This is a date that will not easily be forgotten by thirteen learners of Hopefield Primary school, because for them everything really started on that day…
In October 2016, these boys were thrown in at the deep end, so to speak. Despite their total lack of knowledge about soccer, Cape Coast Youth submitted an entry to partake in the annual U/12 Built-It soccer tournament in Vredenburg.
Soccer coach Franklin van Rhyn, a sport coordinator from Sport and Recreation, spent four hours with the kids to teach them the rules and the basics of the game. Despite their lack of experience, they gave it all they got, and did well.
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Each of these children were rewarded on Youth Day – Friday 16 June 2017 – with a golden Cape Coast Youth medal of motivation. These were handed over at a CCY event in the Hopefield Community Hall.
The children entered the hall amidst great applause. As leader and organiser I couldn’t have asked for a better moment. This will definitely change many kids’ lives for the better, regardless of their circumstances.
The formal event was also held in order to raise funds for the team’s soccer outfits. Even though we weren’t able to meet our target amount, the evening belonged to the kids – which is exactly what we hoped for.
In addition to that, four residents from the community were honoured for their selfless contribution to the development of our youth, as well as other contributions to the community. The theme – “give a flower while I’m alive” – was very much in line with the events of the evening.
The four residents that were honoured by Cape Coast Youth:
Charles Johnson was also honoured for his contribution as founding member of the Wanderers Cricket Club in the town in 1975.
Ferdinand Cooper, a local builder, was honoured for his consistent acts of kindness – every year, for the past five years, he (and his wife) handed out gifts to the children of Hopefield.
Bjorn Witbooi and Hilton Lewis were honoured for their repeated selfless contributions whenever financial needs arose.
A word of gratitude to those who made the event possible:
However, Cape Coast Youth did not forget the contributions from our sponsors who made the event possible:
Julies Transport – who sponsored the trophies and medals.
The Green Heart Foundation – who ensured that our guests had plenty to eat and drink on their tables.
Additional contributions came from:
George Menas Builders
Wilbert Cleophas – another local builder.
Cape Coast Youth calls upon parents to support organisations like CCY and their kids, and for churches to play a bigger role in our communities.