MORE SPONSORS PLEDGE THEIR SUPPORT TO THE CHURCH’S CAREER EXPO AIMED AT EXPOSING DISADVANTAGED YOUTH TO CAREER OPTIONS
A young woman growing up in Philipi may dismiss her ambition of one day becoming a pilot as just a pipe dream because gathering information on such a career and funding opportunities are far removed from her daily struggle of survival as a disadvantaged young woman in the township.
As the Dr SB Radebe Foundation, the social responsibility unit of the Revelation Church of God (RCG), holds its annual Career Expo on Saturday , June 9, at the Baxter Theater in Cape Town, the local youth will have much to celebrate as more sponsors have pledged their support.
The Cape Town Youth Expo that began as an internal event by the Khayelitsha and Philipi branches of the RCG who donated money from their own pockets for an event that aimed to expose the youth to career opportunities four years ago, has become a national event with more sponsors joining the drive by offering career choices and sharing funding opportunities.
To date over 10 000 young people have benefitted from attending the Expo, which is part of the Dr SB Foundation’s Youth Month celebrations.
“We’re humbled by how the Expo has grown and the number of young lives that have changed for the better. And, the hard work of our volunteers that has attracted more corporate sponsors is much appreciated because as the result of their commitment and dedication, we’ll be able to touch the lives of more disadvantaged young people,” said Dr Prophet Samuel Radebe, the Chairperson of the Dr SB Radebe Foundation.
Furthermore, Radebe said with the escalating unemployment figures, standing at 27% in South Africa, it was incumbent upon those who are called to serve God to double their efforts in improving the lives of communities where their churches operate.
“A church is not a building that only preaches the gospel but the church must be able to respond to the needs of its people and the community. South Africa is facing a crisis with the triple scourge of poverty, unemployment and inequality that is destroying many families. We can’t stand in the pulpit and watch, we must intervene wherever we can,” he added.
A number of graduates who made informed decisions on their career paths when the opportunity was presented to them four years ago, will be among those who will attend this year’s Expo, to serve as testimony for those who will be coming for the first time that knowledge is indeed power.
Community-based initiatives, education being key among them, is one of the pillars of RCG, a church founded and led by Dr Prophet Samuel Radebe nine years ago.
Among sponsors that have pledged their support for this year’s event are; the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Woolworths, Old Mutual and the Department of Labour.
An avid supporter of the Youth Expo, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Ms Fatima Chohan who had a similar vision – that of exposing the disadvantaged youth to career options, heard about the DR SB Radebe Foundation’s initiative and decided to join forces with them to ensure the event becomes a greater success. Minister Chocan will deliver a keynote address tomorrow at the Youth Expo.
The Dr SB Radebe Foundation Youth Expo will be held at the Baxter Theater tomorrow, June 8, starting at 08:00 till 14:00.