Lifeline, Tourism spreads love to children

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: supplied At the event director of Lifeline PMB Sinikiwe Biyela (left) and Lwazi Nsele (Msunduzi      Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association).

PHOTO: supplied At the event director of Lifeline PMB Sinikiwe Biyela (left) and Lwazi Nsele (Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association).

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EARLIER this month, Lifeline in partnership with Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association hosted its second Lifeline Community Store at the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens.

This specific event focused on 200 orphans and vulnerable children that the organisation works with in schools within UMgungundlovu district.

“Children with parents tend to receive lot of gifts and nice food for Christmas and some children go without a meal. It’s been a Lifeline dream to support these children and ensure that they enjoy the festive season the same way as the more fortunate children do,” said Sinikiwe Biyela­, Lifeline director.

The event was a huge success, children picked out new clothes and shoes from all the donated and received hygiene packs, stationery for the new year, food donations and warm meals on the day.

MPTA, through partnering with local organisations, also seeks to improve the lives of the communities. The idea of The community store is an important initiative to offer much-needed services to communities during the year as well as the Christmas holiday season.

Partnering on this initiative ensured that the desperate needs of underprivileged children and communities were met. Lifeline thanked all the generous donors who made the store possible and bigger than the first. A special thanks to Maharaj Coaches for transport, Sathya Sai Centre for stationery packs and food, Gift of the Givers for hygiene packs and Taiyuen Textile for 4 000 new clothing items.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism for their help in making this event a success and all the planning that took place was for a good cause.

“Finally we thank the Pietermaritzburg community for making our dream come true. The event was a huge success and we were able to bring happiness to many children who often don’t have much. These children come from rural areas and need all the help they can get. The event also enabled the children to have a day out, a day of joy,” said Biyela. - Supplied.

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