From 'war zone' to soccer pitch: Ambitious mom hopes to bring change

From 'war zone' to soccer pitch: Ambitious mom hopes to bring change

- Loretta's neighbourhood is gang-infested

- Gangs often turn it into a "war zone" and recruit young kids

- She has therefore formed a soccer club to help keep the kids away from gangs

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A 50-year-old mom in Hanover Park, Cape Town, is determined to keep young kids in her neighbourhood away from gangs.

Loretta Arendse was concerned about her community being turned into a gang "war zone." In addition, gangs also recruit children in the area.

She therefore started a community soccer club known as "Making a Change United," Briefly.co.za learned.

Loretta Arendse is determined to keep kids away from gangs. Source: Daily Voice/Monique Duval

Loretta Arendse is determined to keep kids away from gangs. Source: Daily Voice/Monique Duval

Through the club, Loretta tries to keep neighbourhood kids on the straight and narrow. According to Daily Voice, up to 150 children play friendly soccer matches at Solent Court.

The ambitious mom explained:

We have about 150 children from nine years old to 19 who come out to play. The girls play with the boys and, even though they have no equipment and broken shoes, they still play.

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Some of the kids pictured playing a friendly soccer match. Source: Daily Voice/Monique Duval

Some of the kids pictured playing a friendly soccer match. Source: Daily Voice/Monique Duval

Loretta lamented how a 16-year-old boy from the area was recently arraigned in court on murder charges. Another boy, 11, was seen carrying a gun, she added.

She therefore hopes the club with bring hope and change in the community. She plans to formally register it in partnership with the Blomvlei Neighbourhood Watch.

Loretta said well-wishers can get in touch on 084 707 6446 or 084 883 5709 to help.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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