Donation brings joy

2015-10-07 06:00
MEMBERS of St George’s are, from the left, Dipuo Morwe, Mantele Mokgoro, Dimakatso Sebogodi, Puleng Motsamai and Refentse Visser (4), who hand over the groceries to Dan Modupi and Percy Motshabi of the Selelo 3L Centre in Ikhutseng.

MEMBERS of St George’s are, from the left, Dipuo Morwe, Mantele Mokgoro, Dimakatso Sebogodi, Puleng Motsamai and Refentse Visser (4), who hand over the groceries to Dan Modupi and Percy Motshabi of the Selelo 3L Centre in Ikhutseng. Photos: Boipe

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SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN of the St George Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Southern African Parish, made a difference in the lives of vulnerable children of Ikhutseng in Warrenton over the weekend.

The Sunday school children of 12 parishes in the circuit, that gathered for their annual celebration, donated essential non-perishable items, toiletries and clothing to the Selelo 3L Centre, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), that operates as an Orphan and Vulnerable Children Centre (OVC) in Ikhutseng.

At least 380 children participated in the two-day celebration at the Transka Resort in Warrenton.

According to Claudia Oliphant, the committee deputy chairperson, the celebration is annually hosted at a different venue by the parishes from around Pampierstad, Warrenton, Douglas, Kuruman and Kimberley.

“This year marked the eighth celebration and the children enjoy the different activities that are catered for them,” Oliphant said.

She further said that this year’s theme was not just about Bible study, discussion about social issues, arts and crafts and sporting activities, but it was also about teaching the children the art of caring and giving from a young age.

“The highlight on this year’s programme is the concert that was hosted on Saturday night, where the children displayed their talent. They also enjoyed the Sunday service that was conducted by the dean, Tlaisego Khunou, who also served Holy Communion especially to them.”

The Selelo 3L Centre was established in 2010 under the name of the Thabiso NGO and later changed its name.

According to the current operations manager, Dan Modupi, it was named after a small boy with the name Selelo, who had committed suicide upon the realisation that his brothers had eaten all the food in the house on his arrival from school in 2006.

“The soup kitchen was established to reach out to children from poor backgrounds in the same situation as Selelo, who touched so many people’s hearts,” added Modupi who said he was very much grateful for the donation.

“I am so happy and cannot wait to hand the donations over to them. Each one will get something as we already determined the need of each child.”

He highlighted that the NGO was currently in need of any kind of assistance due to the fact that it depends on handouts from the community and mostly the caregivers and local businesses.

“We do not have any permanent funders, except for Beefmaster and our vegetable gardens which are maintained through the assistance of the Community Work Programme (CWP).”

According to Mantele Mokgoro, one of the organisers of the Sunday school rally, willing members of the congregation donated the items. She added that the organisers were proud too realise at the end that the event was a success. The concern whether they would be able to manage the many children was overruled by the good behaviour of the children.

“That is all thanks to the Sunday school teachers who were hands-on in monitoring the children,” she added

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