Ward 34 Christmas lunch aims to put smiles on the faces of local children

2018-12-05 06:02

IT’S all systems go for the Christmas lunch being hosted for the disadvantaged and underprivileged children and community of Ward 34.

According to the organiser, local veteran journalist and community activist Jerry Barnes, the event is scheduled to take place on December 8 from 11am.

The event will be hosted at 8 Redwood Crescent in Panorama Gardens.

Barnes says the special occasion for the children was made possible by good Samaritans.

“I am very grateful, feeling blessed, and I would like to thank one of the local churches from Northdale that heard my plea after reading about the event in a local newspaper.

“I just can’t wait to see the smiles from those children on the big day,” said Barnes. Barnes also confirmed that the new partners came on board in the big way, saying: “Those people are really good Christians and caring. Besides providing meals for all the children, for the first time each and every child will be able to walk away with the toy on that day.”

Barnes is expected to host about 150 children from areas such as Panorama, Eastwood, Cinderella Park, Malivana, Es’timeleni and Emikhukhwini (Jesmondene).

Barnes also sent out an appeal for the community’s assistance for only one more thing for this special day and for the special children: “If we can just get one community member to sponsor a jumping castle for our children that will be great. “As parents, our aim is to spend quality time with those children and they must experience passion and caring spirit from us,” Barnes concluded.

For more information, Barnes can be contacted at 083 521 9553 or

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