Children treated with Easter eggs

2019-04-09 06:00
More than 6 000 children participated in the Kids Are Kids Easter egg hunt.

More than 6 000 children participated in the Kids Are Kids Easter egg hunt.

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The Kids Are Kids non-profit organisation (NPO) comes to the aid of the Ocean View children, as the founder of the initiative aims to “help underprivileged kids in the community with whatever they need”.

Luke Koeries started Kids Are Kids three years ago after identifying a need in the community for certain initiatives and services for children. “[We do] after school programmes, hikes, Easter egg hunts, sport events, mentor sessions, Christmas parties, cleaning, feeding schemes and big walks,” says Koeries, who is currently completing his matric year.

The most recent event he hosted was the Easter Egg Hunt where he activated the public to help him collect boxes of Easter eggs and make other charitable donations. He revealed that it’s not uncommon for children in the community to lack the experiences that most people are accustomed to – a significant number of the children had never even tasted a marshmallow before.

“Some children never get the chance in their lives to experience new things, especially those who don’t have [much].”

Leading up to the event, 258 boxes of Easter eggs were collected, distributed around the area and found by more than 6 000 children during this year’s hunt on Saturday 30 March. This is the third year that they are hosting this event and a number of organisations jumped on board to help, donating eggs, socks and providing emergency services to help.

Koeries feels that his work has made a difference which, he says, can be seen in by the actions of community members. He doesn’t plan to stop his philanthropic work anytime soon and is currently planning a “Come and meet” event.

“[It’s] for service providers such as the police, firefighters, neighbourhood watches, NPOs and NGOs, to say thanks for their services,” he says.

While he has not yet planned many events for the near future, he intends to provide the community what they need as the need arises. “I don’t plan. Everything comes to mind and I start doing it. It’s all made possible by the help of my sponsors.”V To get involved visit the Kids Are Kids Facebook page.

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