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Financial boost for youth development

Berea Mail / October 10, 2017 / Lauren Walford

OneVoice SA received a financial boost from Standard Bank.

ONEVOICE SA, a local organisation which offers life skills and enterprise development projects for young people, received a major boost last week, thanks to a donation from Standard Bank.

As part of the bank’s CSI initiative, they donated R300 000 to OneVoice SA, money which will be used effectively to support its projects with the youth.

At the cheque handover were Raniesha Hirday, Curt Knock, Marlijn van Berne, Jean Hattingh and Rodgers Blose.

“We found out about the work OneVoice does through the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. OneVoice runs an entrepreneurial programme and we decided to donate the money to the organisation,” said Raniesha Hirday from Standard Bank.

Managing director of OneVoice SA, Marlijn van Berne, said she was extremely delighted to have another partner who felt the same about developing young people and supporting them in their futures.

Marlijn’s first experience partnering with young people was while working for the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Department of Health. By late 2005, she helped launch the South African ‘Dance4Life’ chapter, before relaunching the programme in 2009 as OneVoice South Africa.

She is the longest serving member of OneVoice South Africa, and is committed to partnering with peers and young people on mobilisation and development programmes that support young people on their ‘development of self’ in society, by partnering with them on life skills and enterprise interventions that help young people discuss and address the many critical health and lifestyle issues that they face and reach their full potential as leaders of today and tomorrow.

“OneVoice SA has 12 years experience in the health and prevention field, during which time we have acquired a wealth of knowledge in developing our core business of offering life skills and enterprise development projects for young people. Our target audience is young people aged 13 to 25 years and we use innovative and creative ways of engaging them on critical issues that affect their lives,” she said.

OneVoice SA believes it is crucial to target these young people as they move out of childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood – a time of risk but also of opportunity for change.

“We are passionate about partnering with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds, geographical areas and various settings, including education and the community,” she said.

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