Making a difference is what it is all about. The youth of 1976 took to the streets because they wanted to see a change in their society. They wanted to make a difference. So when we celebrate Youth Day all these years later let us not forget what it is really about - making a difference in someone else’s life.
Instead of spending the day with the masses at different events to celebrate Youth Day 2013, 7de Laan talent chose to spend the day with those who are often forgotten by society – young people living with mental disabilities. “To celebrate Youth Day 7de Laan partnered with Down Syndrome South Africa (DSSA). The idea is to create awareness to private companies to employ these young adults living with Down Syndrome. We have taken a step in that direction by having Koosie Schoeman who has Down Syndrome, as a call actor on 7de Laan,” said the soapie’s publicity manager Tsholofelo Modise.
Even though 7de Laan held the event to promote such a serious cause the day was all about having fun. Actors Musa Ngema (Lindile), Mimi Mahlasela (Aggie), Bertha le Roux (Emma), Melanie du Bois (Felicity), Hildegart Whites (Bonita) and Theodore Jantjies (Xander) hosted 20 young people for lunch at Ciao Baby Cucina and a movie at Cedar Square, Fourways.
The country’s number one soapie hopes to continue a fruitful relationship with DSSA, who not only care for and support people living with Down Syndrome but also cater for those who are living with other mental disabilities too.