On Friday, 25 November 2016 Kleinmond locals turned out in their masses in support of an occasion aimed at showcasing the “16 Days of Activism against the Abuse of Women and Children” campaign that is commemorated from 25 November to 10 December each year.
Speaking at the event, Ward Councillor Grant Cohen pointed out that while it was encouraging to see communities joining forces for the period, extending the programme to a year-long campaign would reap greater results.
A powerful performance highlighting the destructive effects of abuse on women, featuring popular South African actors Lee Ashmond Moses and Silvina Wilhemse, moved the audience and resonated with many. As too did a thought-provoking poem titled “Hope” by local poet Ziyanda that centred on building the psyche of those who found themselves in desolate situations.
Winner of the 2016 Hangklip-Kleinmond Got Talent, Wilton Swartz and his mates, had the crowd spellbound with some riveting dance moves. But, it was the kids of Overstrand Child and Youth Care Centre and their lively rendition of the song “Shout” that got everyone to their feet and jiving along to the beat.
In closing, the community was invited on stage to light a wall of candles to signify their commitment to the protection and upliftment of women and children.