Christmas treat for over 200 children

2009-12-24 00:00

MORE than 200 school children from disadvantaged township families were all smiles after Msunduzi Traffic and Security departments orga­nised a Christmas party for them yesterday.

The event was held at the Northdale Civic Centre, where a meal was served and food hampers distributed to children from Willowfountain and the Northdale areas.

Party organiser, officer Ajen Bookhan, said this was the third year that his department had organised such an event for the children, targeting those from townships around Pietermaritzburg.

The children were entertained with music, face painting and clowns, with everything made possible by various sponsors around town.

“We understand that this is not enough, because these children are not so lucky to have families that can provide the … nice things for them.

“It is for that reason that we have to thank all the sponsors who contributed towards this event. These children deserve to be happy like any others, and that can be done if we join hands, work together and make a better world for them. They are our future.

“They need to be protected, loved and cared for,” Bookhan said.

He said the only thing that almost spoilt the event was the unavailability of clowns in Pietermaritzburg.

After a number of phone calls around town, a clown couldn’t be found to entertain the children.

“I had to phone Durban and I got hold of the Clowns 4 Joy, a Christian charity organisation from Durban.”

Ndlelayabahle Primary School teacher Sbongile Radebe said her school children were excited about the event.

“Some of these children have had it rough since birth. It is, therefore, up to us as parents to make a difference in their lives. Some of them looked out of place when they got to town because they are not familiar with the surroundings. We say thank you to all those who have made this day possible for our children.”

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