SUZ fights Drug Abuse through Sports

24 May, 2022 - 11:05 0 Views
SUZ fights Drug Abuse through Sports


Trisa Ray Sibanda

Scripture Union Zimbabwe (SUZ) will hold an awareness campaign against drug and substance abuse on (25 May) Africa Day.

The campaign will be held through sporting activities of different disciplines which include soccer, volleyball, tag rugby and basketball at Milton High School.

The campaign is sponsored by various organisations such as Economic Empowerment Group who happens to be the main sponsor among other sponsors.

The event will be held under the theme uniting against alcohol and substance abuse.

About 25 teams are expected to participate in the tournament. Lycans Volleyball Club is one of the teams that is participating, the team’s captain Mpumelelo Moyo confirmed that they would participate.

“We are going to the Africa Day Anti-drug and Substance awareness campaign giving our all best,” he said

“Our participation in this tournament will give us a head start to the Bulawayo Volleyball Association league which begins next weekend,” Moyo added.

Winners at this awareness campaign will win prizes in the form of jerseys, trophies, shields, medals and match balls.

Programme director for the anti-alcohol and substance abuse games campaign Abraham Mabhena said they were planning to bring about behavioural change.

Mabhena said: “The idea is to create a non-judgmental and non-intimidating platform conducive for open dialogue and learning for behaviour change”

Teams registration for soccer is US$20 per team, basketball $10, volleyball $10 and tag rugby $10 per team. For spectators it’s free of charge.

On the day there will be various service providers in mental health and substance addiction therapy who can assist.

“The public should come and get empowered with information and ideas on how to be productive,” said Mabhena.

Substance abuse and addiction is sweeping through our society like a wildfire.

Today’s youths have become victims to this pandemic but the effects of this pandemic are felt right across all facets and age groups in the society.

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