R10 makes terminally ill children’s dreams come true

2014-08-01 15:55

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All it took to make a child’s dream come true today was R10. That’s what South Africans paid to wear their slippers today in support of the Reach for a Dream charity.

This fundraising drive, which is dubbed Reach for Your Slippers, is the organisation’s biggest fundraiser. Buying a R10 sticker “allowed” South Africans to wear their slippers to work, school, the shops – or wherever – and show their support for Reach For A Dream.

The money raised from the sale of the stickers is used to make the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true.

“This is such a great cause. By buying the sticker you ensure that these children are able to live out their dream. Everybody deserves that once in their life,” said TV and radio personality Bujy Bikwa, who was at the organisation’s fundraising event.

The entertainer, who is known for his flamboyant and put outspoken personality, was seemingly tongue-tied as he watched the young children play on jungle gyms.

“I’m just so overwhelmed. No child should ever go through the things that some of these children have been through.”

Last year, the campaign raised more than R2 million. It is hoped that more money will be raised this year.

“This particular event, which began in Durban, has become one of our largest activities nationwide in terms of fundraising,” said Mervyn Serebro, chairperson of Reach for a Dream, last month.

TV and film actress Hlubi Mboya was also on hand to show her support for the initiative. She said that helping terminally ill children had given her a renewed perspective on life.

“These children live every day to the fullest. They enjoy the simple pleasures and are always willing to learn.”

Mboya, who has been affiliated with the organisation for more than five years, said by spending time with the children she hoped to “inspire hope”.

“Being with the children really took my breath away,” she said.

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