Cape Town youth shine at inspirational launch #LCBookLaunch
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On 30th June, Salesian Life Choices opened it doors for a night of joy, laughter, inspiration, a huge sense of hope & belief in youth and the future.
With MC Marco Spaumer and Danilo Aquisto leading the evenings events. Youth, partners, artists, friends and staff came together to celebrate the brand new Life Choices Academy space and the launch of The Cape Town Youth book.
A panel discussion saw three of the young people who feature in the book talk about their life stories with MC Marco Spaumer. Cabangile Mdluli, Theo Booysen and Apoline Tchikumba’s shared experiences of overcoming loss, abuse and violence made quite an impact on the audience. Artist Robyn Pretorius explained how growing up in the Cape Flats informed her illustration for the Cape Town Youth book and photographer Peter Harper shared his experience of taking the beautiful photos for the book.
This was followed by Premier Zille’s heart-warming speech where the Premier praised the young people whose stories feature in the Cape Town Youth Book. “The important thing about the stories we heard tonight is that even in the most difficult circumstances, people have opportunities to make choices,” she said.
“I’m so inspired by young people who’ve learnt at your very tender age what it’s taken me decades to learn. These stories show a dedication to the truth; they show young people have a capacity to take responsibility, to defer gratification and to develop judgement and wisdom way beyond their years. Above all, they have the capacity to make the right choices because they recognise the opportunities. The Life Choices programmes are precisely the right catalyst young people need as a launch pad in life.”
Guests were full of praise for Salesian Life Choices facilities and the opportunities they help create for young people. “Wonderful to view the beautiful artwork and hear the stories of resilience,” said Lucille Meyer. Board member Linda Roos described the evening as the “highlight of my year”.
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