Celebrate the child

2015-12-03 06:00
Photo: supplied Children were treated to a day of fun and gifts by the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society at the weekend.

Photo: supplied Children were treated to a day of fun and gifts by the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society at the weekend.

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OVER 300 orphaned and vulnerable children were invited to a fun day as part of ‘Celebrate the child’ held by the Tongaat Child and Welfare Society (TCW) in partnership with local businesses, community members and Victoria Hospital at the Tongaat Outspan grounds at the weekend.

The children come from predominately broken homes, poverty-stricken backgrounds, affected and effected by HIV/Aids or are orphaned.

Social worker manager at the TCW Jo Moodley said the aim of ‘Celebrate the child’ is to create a day of fun and happiness for the children to forget the negativity in their lives or loss which they have experienced.

“On this day we try to give these children [few moments] where they can be children and enjoy the pleasure of being a child,” said Moodley.

“Their lives are very hard and they don’t normally have these fun activities and gifts given to them.”

The fun and activities included jumping castles, face painting, bubble machines, and character mascots so the children could take pictures and meet their favourite cartoon characters.

Children from the TCW’s Homework Centre also did their bit to bring happiness to their peers by entertaining the children with singing and dances.

Moodley said this day was important for the children present as it’s rare that they are given opportunities to have a care free and fun filled day where they are treated as the special gifts to society which they are.

“All children are important and special. With the hardship and sad experiences they have to go through, we hope this day brings some light into their lives and helps them enjoy themselves and create a happy experience for them,” said Moodley.

Various sponsors including Mediclinic Victoria Hospital and Vivian Reddy from AfriSun helped make the day possible.

“On behalf of the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society and the children, touched by this programme, I would like to thank the various sponsors for their generosity in making this day possible,” said Moodley.

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