Sharing wedded bliss

2017-06-13 09:12
The wedding couple, family and friends enjoyed lunch with the children at Al Noor orphanage in Woodstock.

The wedding couple, family and friends enjoyed lunch with the children at Al Noor orphanage in Woodstock. (Shahied Johadien)

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A newly wedded couple from Kensington have very special memories of their wedding day at an orphanage.

Waseef Piekaan (33) and his bride Shameemah Piekaan (29) held their wedding at Al Noor orphanage in Woodstock late last month after cancelling their booking at a fancier venue.

They say after spending time thinking about their reception venue and the people they would be enjoying their day with, they realised it would not really make them happy.

“Those people already have everything, they are happy and we wanted to make the day very special for everyone. We thought of visiting Al Noor and we realised we could make arrangements to go and spend our day there. We got the number of children they have there and combined it with our close family and friends that would be attending and we were sorted.

“We had everything arranged and the three-hour lunch was perfect,” explains Waseef.

The couple, who have been together for five years, put smiles on the faces of 40 children at the orphanage.

Bride Shameemah says since childhood she knew she wanted to make her wedding day special. Giving back to the needy fulfilled that dream for her.

She says she is enjoying her marriage knowing that the wedding day is not just memorable for the two of them but for the children as well.

The two says they hope their gesture has inspired the children to grow up caring for others as well and be willing to give back to their communities. They also called on other residents to do their part to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

Nkululeko Mboniswa, manager of the orphanage, says both the children and the management were happy to be part of the wedding.
He says: “It is rare to find people wanting to share their special day with the children. We are very grateful to the couple and we wish them the best.”

Mboniswa says the orphanage relies on donations to feed the children. He urges members of the public to make donations and thanks everyone who has been supporting the orphanage.

To donate call Al Noor on 021 447 8472 or drop off parcels at 15 Melbourne Street in Woodstock.

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