Donations needed for children’s day

2016-11-08 06:00

The One Love Children’s Day project will be launched in December in association with Heatherdale children’s home in Belgravia.

The day promises to be filled with fun for a group of children from the children’s home.

However, the task of launching the day itself comes with its own set of challenges and as a result, needs continued support from the community.

“The home and volunteers are asking the community to assist in making the day a pleasurable success for the kids by making donations in aid of the kids to live more comfortably,” states Dylan Graham, founder of One Love Children’s Charity.

Heatherdale children’s home is a youth-care facility located in the heart of Athlone. It has been established to help children who come from homes troubled with drugs, alcohol and physical abuse.

The home protects children from the everyday physical, mental and emotional abuse that many children in similar situations in the Cape Flats have to deal with.

“The home has a few initiatives to assist the kids but more assistance is always welcomed. Everyone in the community can improve the lives around them if we take a moment and choose to do so,” adds Graham, who is inspired to give back to the community.

Graham, along with only a few assistants, has tried to address a few issues affecting the children.

“The aim is to get support from supermarkets that dispose of food that is still good to consume but cannot be sold, and warehouses that throw away damaged goods which are still good to use but cannot be sold to the public. Things such as toys, toiletries, stationery and clothes that are needed by the home.

“Hosting the beach day for the home will be one attempt in helping the home provide for the children living there,” he explains.

He adds that his organisation is looking for donations of food, blankets, clothes, canned foods, stationery, books and games.

Graham says they aim to take the children out for the day to Muizenberg or Fish Hoek beach and entertain them in an effort to give them hope and let them know people do care about them.

The children’s day will start at the beach and be filled with games, such as beach soccer and cricket, and a swim. Added to that, there will be a programme for the children to participate in trust and team-building exercises in the hope to rebuild their trust and faith in themselves and others.

“These kids do not know what it is like to be loved or what it is like to trust other people or even to be able to open up to another person. I want to help build these kids’ self-confidence and show them their young lives have value and meaning and that they are indeed loved and that they can make something of their lives,” says Graham.

All donations will be given to the home’s director at the end of the fun day.

V For donations contact Dylan Graham on 073 8984 194 or onelovechildrenscharity@­ Anyone interested in volunteering can email vilma­williams­


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