RHF celebrates life with children

2017-09-26 06:01
Photos: Penny Katz PhotographyKim Griffith Jones at last year’s event.

Photos: Penny Katz PhotographyKim Griffith Jones at last year’s event.

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IT is that time of year again when the Robin Hood Foundation hosted its annual “Celebration of Life” for the 300 children who live on-site at Ethembeni School For Physically Disabled last week.
Speaking to the Fever, RHF chairlady Cindy Narcott said the annual event started a few years ago, when she watched the school choir perform at a fund-raising event for a Kenyan choir.

She was absolutely moved to tears at how, despite their varying disabilities, these children got up on stage and their voices were those of angels.

“After that we met with the deputy principal and decided to take this school under our wing.

“The aim of this annual project we've been running for the past four years is to inspire these children to ‘celebrate’ their lives, their uniqueness, let them play, feel the love from our volunteers and just be children, despite their daily challenges.”

She said each year RHF takes the “carnival” to these children to celebrate their lives, a big birthday party for all of them, rolled into a fun-filled afternoon of love and laughter.

RHF asks the school to provide them with a list of items the children need that aren’t covered by any social grants or budgets and try to help wherever they can.

“One of the biggest highlighted needs for the children is always toiletries, from adult nappies for the wheelchair- bound children to sanitary pads for the young girls to everyday items we take for granted, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, lotion and powder.

“This year the school has asked if we might be able to give each child a new pair of school socks as even at R20 a pair, they are unaffordable to most.

“Another one of their highlighted plights this year is for new single bed sheets. With the children’s disabilities, a lot are incontinent and the continuously washing and jik-ing has the sheets in tatters more quickly than most,” she said.

“We have secured sponsors for the above as well as others who also donated five new braille machines for the school and care bags for each child, filled with stationery, toiletries and treats.”

She appealed to others to follow in their footsteps and offer assistance to those in need. To find out more, or to assist contact 076 612 9060.

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