Bed project helps give dignity

2016-10-27 06:00

The Sleepover Project aims to bring hope and dignity to children from disadvantaged homes in the province, and a comfy bed to sleep in... every single night.

And with this in mind, they are setting out to make a difference in the lives of 100 children.

The South African Society of Hope (Sash) in partnership with Afrosapien Entertainment will be will be hosting a sleepover for 100 children at Wolwekloof Academy in Ceres on Saturday 26 November.

The selection criterion is that sadly, some of these kids must not have slept in a bed or owned one, says Sandy Pekeur, Sash founder and CEO.

Gabriela Wiener, CEO of Afrosapien Entertainment, says the idea was born when they visited some children from disadvantaged homes in different areas and spoke to a 15-year-old who sleeps on two crates that she pushes together to create her bed.

“She does not complain at all, and does well at school.” So far the majority of the children have been identified to participate in and ultimately benefit from this event.

But the aim is not only to give them one night in a comfy bed, says Pekeur.

“We want to give them a sanctuary to nurture their dreams, ambitions and give them hope that they are not alone in this world. Our future leaders deserves more than that.”

Dr Shaun Pekeur, senior academic director of Sash says the success of the project is based on five essential principles.

“First we develop the identity of our youth, so they have a purpose, then vision, influence and ultimately change.”

A fun programme has been put together, including by local entertainers Lunga Tsuka, Russel Fox and soccer freestyler Kyle Rinquest.

V The Sleep Over project is still looking for donations. Contact: 072 155 0752 or 079 506 8623. V City Vision have been assigned 20 beds to fill at the Sleep Over. Should you know of a child that meets the criteria then send an email with a short motivation, address and contact details for the parents, to cityvision@wpnewspapers.co.za

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