Fulfilling the dreams of children

2016-03-09 06:00
PHOTO:supplied Asibonge Dladla.

PHOTO:supplied Asibonge Dladla.

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REACH for a Dream, which has been operating in Pietermaritzburg for eight months, plans to fulfil 120 dreams in the city this year and has already made 19 children’s dreams come true.

The organisation fulfils dreams of children between the ages of three and 18 who have been diagnosed with a life- threatening disease.

“We meet children in hospitals and their homes all with different needs and different dreams and we try to move mountains to make their dreams come true.

“It can be from the simplest thing of riding a bicycle to spending a day as a chef or meeting a local celebrity,” said Kerry Donkin, Reach for a Dream KZN branch manager.

Donkin said their KZN portfolio extended to Pietermaritzburg in 2015, the main objective being to let the public know they are in the city for organisations and businesses to come on board and offer their assistance where possible.

“We want to tell the stories of these children. We also want parents to know that if their child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and has a dream, they can get in touch with us to help them make their child’s dream come true.

“It doesn’t matter what background they are from, our aim is to see them smile,” said Donkin.

The foundation’s main fund-raiser is the annual Slipper Day which takes place in August and encourages the public, schools and businesses to support it.

“We are constantly looking at ways to make our dreams more exciting and embellish them so that it is a day to remember for the children,” she said.

Asibonge Dladla, a six-year-old, who has retinoblastoma, had her dream of going to Durban and spending a day at the beach. The Reach for a Dream foundation made this possible by booking her and her mother into a place and taking them to the beach at Sun Coast for the day. This was her first time at the beach. She was also given a laptop as part of the dream.

Nduduzo Dlamini (13), diagnosed with nephroblastoma, wanted to be a chef for a day and spend the day at Granny Mouse Country House in the Midlands where he worked in the kitchen, helping to prepare a main meal of steak, potatoes and vegetables, and prepared his own dessert. He was also given a chef’s jacket as part of the dream.

“It doesn’t matter what background they are from, our aim is to see them smile,”

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