PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Hundreds of inner-city South Philadelphia youth Saturday were given an opportunity all kids should experience: a trip to an amusement park!
Unity in the Community organized a free trip to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom as part of their Unite Together Gun Violence Prevention Day.
“A lot of kids don’t get a chance to get out of the neighborhood and do anything fun. We want to give them that experience and also get to know other people in the neighborhood,” said Executive Director, Unity in the Community. Anton Moore.
The event began at Smith Playground on the 25th and Snyder in South Philadelphia with motivational speeches and encouragement that you can be better than those around you.
Various organizations, Philadelphia aldermen, activists and state officials spoke to the group of 500 children.
Earlier this summer, organizers of this event canceled their annual gun violence crime prevention block party. The group’s chief executive says this is an opportunity to resolve conflicts by uniting unlikely neighborhoods and children.
“We took a number of neighborhoods that have been at war in South Philadelphia for many years and brought them together,” said Anton Moore, executive director of Unity in the Community.
For many of the children, this was their first time at the theme park and the longest trip from home.
Children aged 5 to 13 were invited.
Dawn Reeves volunteered to be the chaperone. She says this type of event could change the lives of young children and teenagers.
“The fact that they even come together from different parts of the city and are together in the park is amazing,” said Dawn Reeves of the Tasker community. “We’re excited. We’re going to wear them down!”
All expenses, including buses, tickets, and food, were paid for through generous donations from several organizations and elected officials throughout Philadelphia.
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