SKISA fights for sports development
The Shotokan Karate-Do International South Africa (SKISA), held its 20th Global Youth Focus Programme at the Durban University of Technology on Sunday.
This huge annual sports programme helps children from disadvantaged households and impoverished backgrounds around Durban. It took place at the Fred Crooke’s Sports Centre, DUT.
SKISA’s Londamazwi Selepe, said that the programme has been going on for years and it keeps growing.
“Our aim is to empower the youth and promote sports development at an early age. We realised that some children do not have access to proper training resources, and that is why our main focus is on the children from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Selepe.
The programme does not only focus on sports, as children also received packs of hygiene products from one of the sponsors, Clicks Pharmacy.
Phila Makubalo, a representative from Clicks said that it is their first time partnering with SKISA and they are very happy.
Sonny Pillay Hanshee, the founder of SKISA and the President of the Karate South Africa (KSA), said that they started with 100 children and now they have over 500 children. I am very proud to announce that as SKISA, we have grown and we continue to reach out to the youth of the less fortunate communities,” said Pillay.
“In programmes like this, we bring sports legends who provide training and free development workshops and also teach kids about life skills,” added Pillay.
In attendance, was also the founder and the chairman of the non-governmental organisation, Gift of the Givers, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman.
“We live in a society where parents are caught up in the work place and children are often neglected. Therefore, Karate provides an opportunity where children can grow mentally and physically,” added Sooliman.
Pictures: Nkosenhle Sibisi