Volunteers help kids

2015-12-17 06:00
 Zethu Kama who organised is Christmas party for an orphanage in Mfuleni is hoisted by happy staff members and colleagues. At the back are Nozuko Ndabeni, Princess Mtsiba, Gloria Spayile, Lydia Mtsiba and Cosmos Mabona PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Zethu Kama who organised is Christmas party for an orphanage in Mfuleni is hoisted by happy staff members and colleagues. At the back are Nozuko Ndabeni, Princess Mtsiba, Gloria Spayile, Lydia Mtsiba and Cosmos Mabona PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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Masibagcine Children’s Home inmates were well-taken of on Saturday as several volunteers descended on the premises and turned the place into a party zone.

Chief volunteer Zethu Kama, a resident of Mfuleni, and who works in parliament mobilised some of her colleagues to raise funds for the good cause.

Kama said she felt so much pity for the children who will spend the festive alone and parentless, that she decided to do something about it.

She said her love for children made her volunteer at Masibangcine during her spare time. By doing so, she became exposed to the children and their needs.

As the country was celebrating the second anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death, Kama thought of the children who have nothing as Christmas approaches.

“We all need to be loved and cared for. As a resident of Mfuleni, I always come here to volunteer. But besides that, we have been children before. So I know what children long for. They need that parental care. They need Christmas clothes and gifts. That is why I decided to shower them with gifts and entertain them,” she said.

The mother of two said she is also planning to donate school stationery early next year. She said the rate of unemployment is very high in Mfuleni.

There was no shortage of fun on the day, with Iziko Museum staff on hand to educate children about the environment and the wildlife, while DJs were spinning the discs.

Ms Kama said Iziko staff volunteered to teach the young people, while others offered food and clothes. “I am proud of my friends and colleagues. They made this possible. I posted on my facebook page, and the response was very quick. Some even wanted to be on hand here today. That is why there are so many people than children. They are here to give a helping hand,” she said.

It was truly a day to celebrate with lots of people united to give love to the children. They were also taught to do bead work. The children were given backpacks filled with refreshments, stationery, a star in memory of the event and an electronic game. Kama said she was following a tradition set by her parents for all children to enjoy a happy Christmas.

Another role-player Mzoli Tempi tried to play down his role. He however said it was good to part of a good cause. “I tried my best to help Zethu with toys specifically. We raised couple of rands so we can buy them food. I must say it was not easy but people responded to the call. It is good to see children having the time of their lives,” he said.

Centre supervisor Lydia Mtsiba said they very excited to receive visitors like these.

“They lift up our children’ spirits and make them feel loved . We thank Zethu and her friends for coming by,” she said.

Laciar Molaoli who works with Zethu in parliament promised that next year they will make a “bigger and better effort” to change the situation at the centre.

“We need more people to start caring for centres like these,” she said.

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