THREE branches of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Unit held an annual event called Pathfinder Fair at Titi Jonas Hall in Thornhill last weekend, with many in attendance.
Youth director of the conference, Bulelani Bomela, said the event fell under Adventist Youth Ministries.
He explained that the Pathfinders was a programme for youth ages 10 to 15.
Friday saw the opening ceremony with flag raising. There were a variety of activities, some of which benefited the community at large.
“We had church service on Saturday followed by community service afternoon,” said Bomela. After enjoying church service they extended their programme to the community on a march which he described as a parade.
Bomela said they were raising awareness by making their presence felt in the community at large. They marched from Titi Jonas Hall along Joe Slovo Street to Jauka Hall in Runeli Drive.
People on the street were given what Bomela called “love packs”, which contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, roll-on deodorant and other cosmetics products.
According to Bomela the target audience to be given the gifts on the streets were school children and any other disadvantaged group. They also carried gifts for the Ingubo Old Age Centre at Ndlovini.
Sunday was dedicated for games. Local church clubs lined up on the Port Alfred High School field and were addressed by a spokesperson from Ndlambe Municipality.
Bomela said the field event opening was followed by dress inspection. “Basically we do checking of neatness of the clubs,” he said. The checks were conducted by “master guards”, the highest trained ranking officers in Pathfinders.
Before engaging in any field event Bomela mentioned that teens are taught First Aid basics. “We want them to be able to help each other on the field should anything wrong happen.”
After being trained, teens displayed their skills marching on the field.