Alternatives to street Life

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MEDIA RELEASE:

 A Durban NGO Director plans to cycle from London to Paris in 4 days, in a bid to raise funds for local street children and youth. uMthombo Street Children SA is inviting the public to sponsor his 400km ride. It is also inviting the private sector to partner with uMthombo as a social marketing opportunity.

He is calling on the public to quit complaining about beggars on the streets, and become part of the solution, while also having fun!

When Mpendulo returns, uMthombo is planning a “Heroes Welcome” event on 23rd June (7am), where the public is invited to join him on a ‘solidarity ride’ from Blue Lagoon to South beach, followed by a multi-sports festival on South Beach, where street-connected children, allies of uMthombo and members of the public will play team sports like mini-soccer, mini-cricket and volleyball on the beach. On Addington Beach, the more daring may sign up for surfing classes!

Many Durban beachfront businesses have joined this wider community initiative through sponsorship, so there will be many prizes to be won.

Entrance is Free – but donations are very welcome.

Mpendulo Nyembe, a past anti-apartheid activist from Ekurhuleni, has chosen working with the marginalised over politics or profit. He has spent the last 5 years at uMthombo Street Children SA developing a successful integrated approach to helping children and youth living on Durban’s streets imagine alternatives to street life, with many returning home and becoming productive members of society.

It is simple, he says: Street-connected children and youth need to feel they matter, that there is a point to their lives; and just like any kids, they need support to fulfil their life purpose.

More information can be found at www.umthombostreetchildrensa.org or Facebook uMthombo Street Children SA.

People wanting to sponsor the ride are encouraged to register on www.lovingtheyneighboursa.org (and search for umthombo street children).

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