Unity was the key message at HACT’s annual Positive Lifestyles event held at the Pinetown Civic Hall last week Thursday, the 23 August 2018. Over 500 leaners from four primary schools located in the Valley of 1000 Hills, came together to share healthy living messages through a series lively performances which included traditional Zulu dancing, traditional wedding Songs and poetry.
“I am so proud of our learners for their hard work and commitment,” said Mr Ngidi, Principal of Ukusakwabasha Primary School whose students won the trophy for best Gospel performance. “Our learners practice for many hours on their performances and our whole school looks forward to this event.”
Funded by the Solon Foundation, the event is part of HACT’s Life Skills programme which equips local children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to make positive decisions about their health and futures whilst also giving them the confidence to avoid peer pressure and risk-taking behaviour.
"I want to say a huge thank you to our funders who made this event possible,” said HACT’s Life Skills Programme Coordinator, Pemla Mtshali. “I also want to thank all the students, teachers, parents and volunteers who worked so hard to make it all happen - the performances were really excellent! These kind of events make it possible to promote HIV/AIDS prevention in a really engaging and memorable way."
Prizes and trophies were presented at the end of the competition by HACT’s CEO, Candace Davidson for each performance category - poetry, gospel singing, umshado and ingoma. The prizes for the winning schools included trophies and educational gift vouchers.
To find out more about HACT’s HIV prevention and education programmes and how you can support their work, please contact HACT’s Marketing & Fundraising Manager, Claire Hodgkinson on 031 765 5866 / firstname.lastname@example.org