Toddlers raise funds for their grad

2015-11-12 06:00
Nomlise Plaatjies, Noshaka Dyonase, Thabisa Wabhena, Ncumisa Dyan, Phumla Filita, Nozuko Kwena, Mlungisi Makhamba, Boniswa Mxhakaza, principal of Khanyisa Educare and also the chairperson for Khayelitsha Early Childhood Development Forum and Noxolo M

Nomlise Plaatjies, Noshaka Dyonase, Thabisa Wabhena, Ncumisa Dyan, Phumla Filita, Nozuko Kwena, Mlungisi Makhamba, Boniswa Mxhakaza, principal of Khanyisa Educare and also the chairperson for Khayelitsha Early Childhood Development Forum and Noxolo M

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Children and teachers from Khanyisa Educare commemorated Guy Fawkes Day by staging a fundraiser for their graduation ceremony, on Thursday, in Makhaza’s zone 14.

Boniswa Mxhakaza, principal of the educare and also the chairperson for Khayelitsha Early Childhood Development Forum, said they chose to observe the Guy Fawkes Day, by raising funds for their big day which is planned for 05 December.

The children raised R244.00 after they asked for donations from neighbouring houses and also motorists, mostly taxis, on the streets.

The day came to existence after Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords, on 5 November 1605.

Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

The excitement was written all over the faces of the children during their fun day.

Most of the children were dressed like mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and also imitated the life of elders.

Mxhakaza said the aim for the event was to make the children aware of the day and also for them to be aware of the things that were done in olden days as part of comemorating the day.

“We want the children to know the importance of the day. We chose to accompany them as they went from house to house asking for donations, because we do not want to let them do it alone as it is no longer safe out there. They enjoyed the activities for the day,” Mxhakaza said.

There are 20 children who are due to graduate on the day.

The educare has 84 children from the ages of 0 to 6.

Noxolo Menziwa, a volunteer from Community Worker Programme (CWP) at the educare, said the day was good for children as it educated them about the importance of day.

“We do not promote children to go house to house asking for donations, because they get raped and experience more other bad things. It is no longer safe. The day was good for them to know history,” Menziwa said. Mxhakaza also appealed to anyone who can assist educare with donation for their graduation day.

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