Annual Easter egg hunt returns

2020-03-17 06:00
Children receive Easter eggs at last year’s event.

Children receive Easter eggs at last year’s event.

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For the fourth year in a row, Kids Are Kids will be hosting an Easter egg hunt to lift the spirits of children in Masiphumelele, Ocean View – and with the public assistance, Redhill too!

The much-anticipated community event will take place on Saturday 4 April.

Last year’s event saw more than 6 500 children taking part in the festivities.

Volunteers and partners from emergency services, businesses and the community handed out Easter eggs in Masiphumelele and helped to hide eggs for the Easter egg hunt in Ocean View.

Luke Koeries, founder of the initiative, says creating a safe space for children is very important. “We will be hosting the hunt at the Six Sisters flats behind the Ocean View police station. The reason for hosting the event is because at the moment, it’s the safest area in Ocean View.”

He adds: “Our aim is to get kids to have fun for one day and to enjoy themselves to the fullest because at the moment kids can’t enjoy themselves, they can’t play outside anymore due to stray bullets. Bullets can strike them at any time and it’s quite sad.”

Some of last year’s contributors included the Rotary Club of Good Hope, Attorneys West and Rossouw, In2Food, the local police, firefighters, car spinners and show car drivers.

The organisers managed to collect more than 12 700 eggs.

The Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope says this year they will again collect Easter eggs.

And Koeries says more donations are needed this year. “We need much more to add another area – like Redhill. We’re expecting more kids this year, and much more support.”

Sharon West, from Attorneys West and Rossouw, says she has been a supporter of the initiative since its inception. For the annual hunt she makes donations of sweets, cooldrinks, hotdogs and encourages people to donate Easter eggs.

“I believe in what Luke is doing for the children. He truly loves each one and wants them all to have a better opportunity in life and to succeed. He wants them to feel loved and experience the small things that other more privileged children take for granted,” says West.

The following are the drop off points for Easter egg donations:

. Luke Koeries (Ocean View and Kommetjie);

. Kayla Van Buisbergen (who is willing to collect donations);

. Sharon West (drop off at Attorneys West and Rossouw in Sun Valley)

. Melanie Michaels Bond (Fish Hoek)

. Emma Raisun (Simon’s Town)

V If you would like to get involved or for more info, WhatsApp 0740 117 172 or 0731 683 210.

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