Children made VIPs for the day

2016-08-25 06:00
 Photo: Kevin Hsu Photography Hosts Darren Maule (right) and Lwandle Ngwenya with the 2900 children.

Photo: Kevin Hsu Photography Hosts Darren Maule (right) and Lwandle Ngwenya with the 2900 children.

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A TOTAL of 2 900 children, from teens to pre-teens, from 38 children’s homes and places of safety from the greater Durban area were “very important people” for a day at the annual IBV Children’s VIP Day recently at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

The children were treated to a day of fun, treats, games, food and pampering in the company of musicians, deejays and entertainment celebrities as part of IBV Humanities social responsibility CSI programme.

Many of the city’s leading corporates, businesses, civic bodies and service organisations joined hands to ensure the day was packed with activities and refreshments to entertain the children, who were kitted out in tracksuits, takkies and T-shirts, and took home books, toiletries and stationery in tog bags.

“Since its inception, the essential purpose of this day has been to make a large number of underprivileged children VIPs for a day while business leaders play reversal roles as their executive helpers.

“This is a noble cause with one aim - to make a child feel loved, spoilt and pampered to their heart’s content. Even if it is just for one day,” said Yajna Ramsunder CEO: IBV Children’s VIP Day and IBV Sarah Foundation Trust.

“The organisers are delighted at the astonishing continued response and generosity from corporates, civic organisations, service providers, small businesses and individuals who have come on board and lent their weight to this innovative event to add value to the Children’s VIP Day. We thank and salute you,” said IBV CEO Ashok Sewnarairn.

Next year, the approach will be slightly different. Understanding that many children dream of going to international-themed experiences, such as the Disney World parks – the IBV Children’s VIP Day will be modelled on recreating something similar.

This year is the seventh such event and follows on from similar events held since 2007.

The line-up includes the chance of meeting some of their heroes from the stage and screen, participating in games and challenges, painting, eating, playing, singing and creating, all under strict supervision, and being served and assisted by executives who donate their time and skills to this worthy cause.

“It is through the sounds of their laughter and the sight of their smiles that we will have ultimately achieved the event’s greatest success,” added Sewnarain.

Should you want to participate in future IBV Children’s VIP Days, contact Shivani Gosai at IBV on 031 566 7050 or email
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