Edendale Hospital children, Toy Story beneficiaries

2016-12-14 06:02
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (left) receives a football from ECR presenter, Sky Shabalala.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (left) receives a football from ECR presenter, Sky Shabalala.

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“IT’S a doll, thank you,” said six-year-old Snenhlanhla Madlala with a smile on her face after receiving a toy.

Snenhlanhla is one of the many children at Edendale Hospital’s three paediatric wards who received new toys last Thursday from East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game.

East Coast Radio presenters Darren Maule and Sky Tshabalala helped to distribute the toys. The East Coast radio team had earlier started by distributing toys at Grey’s and Northdale hospitals.

This year’s Toy Story campaign, now in its 16th year, was launched in October. Thousands of toys have been donated by residents and stakeholders to be distributed to underprivileged children in hospitals, homes, and orphanages.

East Coast Radio’s Leverne Robertson said they have also collected around R150 000 in cash donations.

“This money will be used to buy food hampers that will help feed children during the December holidays when they will not have access to school meals.”

Leverne said in the spirit of Christmas they encourage everyone to donate.

“We encourage people to give - no one gets poor by giving. We need to remember people who are not fortunate at this time of the year.”

Maule said it was heartwarming seeing the smiles on the children’s faces after giving them toys.

“I always look forward to this day with anticipation, and dread - these are children, who are sick and from poor communities.

“It is wonderful to bring a smile to their faces, but it is also heart- breaking when you walk away and they want to give the toy back because they are not used to getting gifts.”

Last year, residents and corporates across KZN helped make a difference in the lives of the province’s ill and disadvantages children by raising more than R1.5 million for East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game and donated more than 101 000 new toys.

The Toy Story campaign officially ends on 18 December.

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