THE Dzivaresekwa community is set to host an event that combines the spirit of the holiday season with a powerful message against drug abuse and early childhood marriage on December 25 at the local stadium.
The event, dubbed ‘No to Drugs and Early Childhood Xmas Link-Up,’ aims to raise awareness about the dangers of substance abuse and to denounce childhood marriages while spreading joy and cheer among the community’s youngest members.
The link up will have live performances from artists like Jay C, Poptain, Silent Killer, Boss Pumacol and other upcoming artists from Dzivaresekwa. In an interview, one of the organisers of the link up, Rodrick ‘Trinnie Beatz’ Mataka, said the event is set to raise awareness among the youth about the dangers of drug abuse.
“It is through entertainment that we can lure the youths and send a message of fighting drug and substance abuse.
“Young people tend to drink a lot and engage in drugs during this period.
“Already it is on the rise but around Christmas it’s even worse.
“By combining the joy of Christmas with a strong anti-drugs message, we hope to create a positive impact and empower young minds to make healthy choices.
“It is also an opportunity to teach people on early child marriages as it is not only happening in DZ but it is a national issue and we need to contribute in the fight,” said Mataka.