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Clinix raises awareness about substance abuse at Maponya Mall

The aim was to educate people about the harmful impact of drug abuse on everyone in the community and share information on how and where to get help.

To commemorate International Day Against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Clinix brought the football legend, Portia Modise to raise awareness about the issue of substance abuse.

Clinix allowed residents to interact with Portia Modise and two graduates from the Clinix Wellness Programme to further gain information about substance abuse disorders and addiction in communities around Soweto at Maponya Mall on June 26.

The aim was to educate people about the harmful impact of drug abuse on everyone in the community and share information on how and where to get help.

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Clinix Health Group Brand Sponsorship and Events Manager, Thokozile Masondo said, “We wanted to inform people that there is help if they are facing problems with substance abuse. There are centres built for local residents to go to and get help if it’s related to resisting drugs.”

She added that it was clear that residents are taking the challenge of drugs serious judging from the number of people who came to their stall to get information.

Speaking to Urban News, Modise spoke about how this Clinix programme should really go to other townships beyond Soweto and not just end up in malls like Maponya Mall.

“Right now we are here at Maponya Mall and we’re really not channelling it to the right people because those who come to such malls are people with money.

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“So that is why I am saying we need to go to the townships, to the real problem and try talk to them and in that way maybe we will start seeing the people with the problem coming to the stall to get some help,” said Modise.

The two graduates from the Clinix Wellness Programme, Thuthuka Mavie and Lebogang Seboko spoke about the impact substance abuse had on them and how the programme helped them.

“I would steal money from work and family members to the point that I lost everything in my life, being a father to my child, my fiancé, my car, and my job and ended up in the streets. But when I got to the Clinix centre they helped me find coping mechanisms,” said Mavie.

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