The Anti-Drug Forum held their annual Placard demonstration on Friday 12 August 2016. The event was a huge success with over 60 schools participating from Chatsworth and surrounding Areas. Various schools stood outside their school gates, on the main roads near their schools and even on the Higginson Highway between 7:30 and 8:00am that morning in order to promote Anti-Substance abuse messages.
Sam Pillay director of the Anti-Drug Forum Said: “It was so good to see thousands of placards in different places on the same day. The family involvement in many placards that were presented by the learners was heart-warming to see. It was especially exciting to see the Grade R and Grade 1 learners screaming “don’t do drugs!”. The objective of creating conversation about substance abuse in the home was achieved. We have to get to the learners before the drug dealers do! It is however a pity that some schools did not participate in the demonstration. The learners of these schools were unfortunately denied the excitement of being apart this amazing event. We hope that those schools who didn’t participate this year will make a concerted effort to be apart of the ADF Placard Demonstration 2017.”
Thank you to all the schools who have participated, we are still awaiting stats and photographs from those schools who haven’t already sent theirs in. Our hearty congratulations to all the schools who showed their passion, enthusiasm and creativity in their demonstrations! We look forward to many more years in striving towards a drug free community with you!
To those schools who would like to send their information and pictures through, you can do so on firstname.lastname@example.org. The pictures will be posted on our website and on our social media pages!
It is time once again, the highlight of the Anti-Drug Forum Smart Club Programme – the Annual Placard. Excitement is mounting as this year the placard demonstration is set to take place on Friday 12 August 2016 which is just around the corner. On this this momentous day, learners from both primary and secondary schools alike hold a placard demonstration outside and in the vicinity of their said schools. Many schools have already started preparing for this important and exhilarating event and we urge others to join in and represent their school in the fight against substance abuse, and more importantly the fight for our learners! After All Knowledge is power and we giving this power to the learners so they can make the best choices for their future.
Sam Pillay Director of the Anti-Drug Forum said: “It is exciting to see the schools come together for an event of this calibre; we have many schools that are combining on their main roads with creative artwork and inspiring passion for the cause! In the past we have had over 70 schools participating since the inception of the placard demonstration, we would like to see more schools on board this year! We urge all schools to take this initiative seriously and contribute by showing their participation. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 12th August 2016 standing tall as one against substance abuse!”
The main aim of this program is to get the learners and their communities to rally together as one as we stand together in the fight against substance abuse! As it becomes the topic of discussion in class and at home with parents and guardians as well as siblings and families assisting the learners and communicating as well as sharing knowledge about the issue of substance abuse within their community we see a vast amount of awareness being spread and a culmination of different pupils, people and area’s joining forces as one for that 10-30mins. It is these few mins that will steer us closer to our goal of our drug free society.
All schools that are participating and would like to participate may contact our offices on 031 4046993.
Since the inception of Anti-Drug Forum in 2005, 11 years ago, the forum has seen thousands of individuals seeking assistance and rehabilitation after falling prey to substance abuse. Through education and awareness programmes, the SMART CLUB concept in schools, the Anti-Drug Forum was able to empower learners and members of communities at large with the knowledge to say no to substance abuse. However, striving for a drug free society is an on-going challenge as drug dealers are constantly reinventing their presentation and marketing of drugs thus resulting in luring the youth in experimenting and indulging in these drugs. Tragically, many of those who experiment with these substances often become addicted.
Principals of schools and parents are often faced with problem of children’s change in personality and behaviour. This is sometimes due to the youth experimenting with mind altering drugs. Principals and parents are encouraged to get the youth tested. A single or five panel test can determine whether experimenting with drugs is the source of the problem. The Anti-Drug Forum offers drug testing at minimal cost. The counselling services by qualified and experienced social workers are free should the result be positive. In the case of a learner, the individual is enrolled into a five week Early Intervention Programme. For non-scholars, a support group is run every Wednesday evening at 18 30 at the ADF centre in 17 Trisula Ave Arena Park.
Sam Pillay, Director of the Anti-Drug Forum said, “The testing services offered by the Anti-Drug Forum assist parents and caregiver in resolving their doubt on whether the individual is experimenting with drugs. It also provides an opportunity to assist the person before they sink deep into the terrible life of drug addiction. Random Testing is also encouraged for people in rehabilitation programme."
The Anti-Drug Forum is seeking the assistance of registered nurse/auxiliary nurse to assist in the programme for a few hours a week. Please contact offices should you be able to volunteer your time. “
For further inquiries or assistance, please call our offices on 0314046993 or email on email@example.com
The ADF Team,