Cape Town: The Hollywood Foundation, an organisation dedicated to driving positive change, has joined forces with Rise Above Development (RAD) to support and uplift the youth of Lavender Hill in Cape Town. This ground-breaking collaboration aims to harness the power of sports in creating a safe space for youth engagement while providing essential resources for their development.
Recognising the remarkable work undertaken by RAD in effecting positive change through sports, the Hollywood Foundation has stepped in to provide assistance. Their contribution includes resurfacing three netball courts with new tar and installing dedicated poles for these courts. Furthermore, the Hollywood Foundation has generously supplied a variety of essential equipment, including balls, bibs, training cones, whistles, and kits. This contribution will greatly benefit and positively impact a total of 480 children within the community.
On June 16, 2023, in commemoration of Youth Day, RAD hosted a momentous netball tournament, coinciding with the handover ceremony by the Hollywood Foundation. Esteemed guests, including Cape Town’s Deputy Mayor Alderman Eddie Andrews along with other stakeholders, graced the event. This ceremony symbolises the shared commitment to empowering youth and fostering a safe and supportive community environment.
The Hollywood Foundation’s contribution stands as a testament to the positive outcomes that sports can bring to the lives of young individuals. By enhancing the tournament experience, the Hollywood Foundation’s support of RAD will underscore the impact of structured out-of-school time activities on youth development.
Vuyisile Ngobese, Hollywood Foundation Public Relations Officer said, “We are incredibly proud to partner with Rise Above Development (RAD) and make a meaningful contribution to the youth of Lavender Hill. The Hollywood Foundation’s support aims to create a safe space for youth engagement and development. As we come together on this special day, Youth Day, and witness the netball tournament, we commemorate the resilience and potential of our young generation. This partnership affirms our commitment to empowering youth and fostering a supportive community environment. Together, we are making a positive impact and inspiring a brighter future for the youth of Lavender Hill.”
Lindsay Cessford, RAD CEO, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “RAD is thrilled to collaborate with the Hollywood Foundation, who will not only support RAD but also the members of the Lavender Hill Netball Union. The Hollywood Foundation’s contributions has provided much-needed resources for eight netball teams in Lavender Hill, rejuvenating our netball courts with new poles and creating an upgraded space for our teams to come to play, learn, practice, and compete. We hope that this partnership between Hollywood Foundation and RAD marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship, as we both strive to uplift and inspire the youth of our beautiful Lavender Hill community. Thank you, Hollywood Foundation, for your unwavering support.”