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Fight the Knife - A Community Initiative for Safety

Written by: diannem

On 2nd September, Shaun Buso, a dancer and community leader, was brutally murdered in a knife attack while out with friends, in Diepsloot. At only 18 years old, Shaun already become a leading light in the Diepsloot community where he lived.

"Shaun was one of those rare individuals who made true impact in Diepsloot. He was a leader,a source of empowerment, a game-changer and a positive person. Diepsloot needed Shaun."

Corlanie Botha, Lead SA Hero

The Fight the Knife Campaign is how we plan to fight back in Shaun's Name. Too many young people have got their lives cut short because of the practise of carrying knifes and the habit of using them to solve disputes.

"He was a brilliant dancer and planned to have a fundraiser in his community to raise funds so that he could buy speakers for their class while practicing dance routines and also to buy food for his friend. Shaun and the Diepsloot crew was this year at the Gauteng Champs and made it through but unfortunately couldn't raise enough funds to go to SA Champs. He was also part of the flash mob in Mall of Africa."

Corlanie Botha, Lead SA Hero

Promoted on Saturday will be ideas around safe conflict resolutions, safe fun, safe responses and communities, in order to fight back in Shaun's name.

Their wishlist, should you be able to support:

  • Hauler for when the walk take place
  • Food and Water -Giveaways like stationary, caps, bags -Plain shirts for marshalls
  • Gazebos

"The Fight the Knife Campaign is how we plan to fight back in Shaun's Name. Too many young people have got their lives cut short because of the practise of carrying knifes and the habit of using them to solve disputes."

Corlanie Botha, Lead SA Hero

Apart from the walk, there will also be representatives from SAPS, Learning Alive (NGO), Fight the Knife, self defense workshops, and the day will serve as an opportunity to launch the Shaun Buso Dance Academy.

Programme:

10:00 Meet and walk from Diepsloot Combined School (field) . Walk ends at Diesploot Combined School 11:30 Welcome 11:45 Food stalls, entertainment and broadcast 12:00 Speaker: Learning Alive 12:15 Performance: Dance 12:30 Speaker: Self- Defense Workshop 13:00 Performance: Choir 13:15 Speaker: First Aid Workshop ER24 13:45 Food stalls and entertainment 14:00 Speakers: Power in Dance ,CPF and SAPS 14:15 Performance: Poetry and dance 14:45 Speakers: Access Alumni

Pulse/Power in Dance are doing on a weekly basis hip hop programs in Thembisa,Diepsloot and Eldorado Park to get kids off the streets and giving them a chance in life.

The goal is to show youth that they can become a choreographer one day, have their own dance school. The initiative is creating hope.

Get in touch with Corlanie Botha, if you're able to assist - all help will be appreciated.

Email: corlaniebotha@gmail.com Facebook Pulse of Dance



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