United Through Sport, in partnership with the Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa, and Gqebera Youth Empowerment Initiative, hosted an “ICHOOSE2BACTIVE” Day on Tuesday, October 2, in Walmer township.
The recreational event, campaigning around the theme #ICHOOSE2BACTIVE, encouraged local children who attended the event to keep fit and promote a healthy lifestyle by staying active. The children participated in various fun activities, games and competitions during the one-day event at the sports fields of Walmer High School.
SSCN Network Director Allan Williams said the day formed part of a national campaign to educate and improve the health and wellbeing of the community by providing participation opportunities through active recreation across South Africa.
“Sport is not the Holy Grail for solving all life’s problems, but it’s principles can be used as a powerful analogy and metaphor to engage and bring social change,” said Williams.
South Africans today are facing a variety of health challenges – including obesity, cardiac diseases, diabetes and respiratory ailments – due to an increase in sedentary lifestyles and lack of physical activity and personal interaction.
United Through Sport General Manager Spakes Xapile said it is critical for people of all ages to invest in their health with regular exercise.
“Intervening at a young age by encouraging children to stay fit and active helps to instil and foster healthy lifestyles for life. Sport also offers a powerful tool for development, to change the lives of the children we work with daily in our on-going educational programmes that we run in Nelson Mandela Bay,” Xapile said.
Another partner in the “ICHOOSE2BACTIVE” Day was Siyanda Makwabe, Gqebera Youth Empowerment Initiative founder.
“It is important for young people from our community to stay active and keep away from crime, as well as alcohol and substance abuse. Sport offers opportunities for the children and youth from Walmer township (Gqebera) to channel their energy into positive activities and healthy alternatives,” Makwabe said.
United Through Sport continued with a holiday programme at Walmer High School this week, which ends on Friday, October 5.