A good night’s rest can bring hope to many children

2016-10-25 10:19

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With this in mind, a local NPO and entertainment promoter are setting out to make a difference in the lives of 100 children.

The Sleepover Project aims to bring hope and dignity to children from disadvantaged homes in the province, and a comfy bed to sleep in.

The South African Society of Hope (Sash), in partnership with Afrosapien Entertainment, will be hosting a sleepover for 100 children at Wolwekloof Academy in Ceres on Saturday 26 November.

The selection criterion is that sadly, some of these children have not slept in a bed or owned a bed, says Sandy Pekeur, founder and CEO of Sash.

Gabriela Wiener, CEO of Afrosapien Entertainment, says the idea was born when they visited some children from disadvantaged homes in different areas and spoke to a 15-year-old who sleeps on two crates that she pushes together to create her bed. “She does not complain at all, and does well at school.”

The majority of the children to participate in this event. have been identified.

But the aim is not only to give them one night in a comfy bed, says Pekeur.

“We want to give them a sanctuary to nurture their dreams, ambitions and give them hope that they are not alone in this world. Our future leaders deserve more than that.”

Dr Shaun Pekeur, senior academic director of Sash, says the success of the project is based on five essential principles.

“First it is important that we develop the identity of our youth. Once they know the identity they have a purpose. A person with purpose will have vision. Vision creates influence and ultimately influence creates change.”

A fun programme has been put together for the Sleep Over, including appearances by local entertainers like Lunga Tsuka, magician Russel Fox and soccer freestyler Kyle Rinquest, as well as a “huge surprise” for each of the 100 children.

The Sleep Over project still needs donations of a few beds. Contact 072 155 0752 or 079 506 8623. V People’s Post has been given 20 beds to fill at the sleep over. If you know of a child who meets the criteria send an email with a short motivation, including his address and contact details for the parents, to post@peoplespost.co.za.

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