Children’s holiday wishes realised

2016-07-06 06:00
Photo: supplied The children, and their carers, return from one of their fun activities.

Photo: supplied The children, and their carers, return from one of their fun activities.

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SAPPHIRE Coast Tourism made 14 orphans dreams come true this holiday season when they helped the Louis Botha Children’s Home organise a holiday for them at discounted accommodation prices and arranged a week of sponsored fun activities.

The children’s home cares for 97 traumatised children between the ages of six and 18.

“Many children can describe how the ocean feels or how it feels to go on a holiday, but unfortunately, in most cases when it comes to the children living­ in a children’s home, they have not yet had the privilege of having these amazing, and yet basic experiences,” Louis Botha Children’s Home’s Grieta Gelderman said in a letter to tourism.

The organisation and Amanzimtoti business owners responded with open hearts and Happy Days Holiday Flats offered them discounted accommodation for their stay, while several businesses offered sponsored fun activities.

Sapphire Coast Tourism donated personalised embroidered beach towels, and Coo-ee ensured the children never went thirsty.
Further sponsors included Funland, RJ’s and Dolphin Bowl (fun day), Nando’s, Nu Metro Galleria, Gavin Stockden (magic show), Debonairs, Wesley Smith (Surfing Unlimited taught them to surf), Splash Waterworld, Gary’s Horses, Andrea Visser - entrance to Mitchell Park Zoo, Toti Ranch, The Fun Co., Epic Karting, Giselle’s Kitchen (meals), Ice Rink Galleria and Popping Delicious (popcorn).

“The children had full vast range of activities and enjoyed the experience,” said Louise Oosthysen from Sapphire Coast Tourism.

Gelderman stated in a letter to sponsors: “Thank you for your contribution to Louis Botha Children’s Home. We appreciate your help and positive attitude towards our children. It is always a pleasure to give positive feedback to people who really care and make a difference in the lives of our children. You can be assured that your contribution made a huge difference and is truly appreciated.”

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