Festive treats at adventure club party

2017-12-19 06:00
Adventure Kids Club members were celebrated and inspired during a Christmas party held at Maitland High on Saturday 9 December.PHOTO: NOMzamo yuku

Adventure Kids Club members were celebrated and inspired during a Christmas party held at Maitland High on Saturday 9 December.PHOTO: NOMzamo yuku

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Dedicated members of the Adventure Kids Club enjoyed an eventful Christmas party at the Maitland High School hall on Saturday 9 December.

They said this year’s party was special because it was full of surprises, as unlike the previous years it had a line-up of performances by its members. There were gifts for all participating children and they were treated to a three-course meal before having fun on a jumping castle.

Founder of the club, Maria Strachan, says that in previous years, children could only look forward to receiving their certificates and lunch, but this year, through various sponsorships, she managed to buy them gifts and treat them to the best meal ever.

She says this is her attempt to show appreciation and encourage them to continue choosing to live a positive life despite their social challenges.

“I hope this will motivate them to stay away from illegal activities. Every year we award our members with certificates and graduate loyal, outstanding individuals to leadership positions,” says Strachan.

Board member of the club and principal of Maitland High, Leon Kapp, says the board supports activities suggested to them by Strachan because these will indirectly develop the children into better people at a later stage. He says most of the children in the club come from disadvantaged backgrounds where they rarely receive gifts for Christmas, yet this year they will have something to be happy about.

“We hope this will teach them the spirit of giving, love, and living to make a change in other people’s lives. We want them to always have something to look forward to throughout the year, knowing that we are willing to go the extra mile for them.”

He says the club is appealing to the public for support. He emphasises that their main challenge is transporting children to their weekly meetings and monthly ­getaways.

Club member Daniel Ikose (14) says he enjoyed everything about the party and is thankful to the organisers for caring about the children. He says he likes the club because it helps him stay away from the streets and is teaching him to be responsible. He says he joined the club along with his brother when they were young because they wanted to experience a decent life and make friends.

Former club member Branko Adams says he is happy to see the club making progress. He says the club shaped the person he has become today despite the circumstances in which he grew up.

“It helped me stay away from drugs and not think about my situation, especially when we went on trips. I can assure new members that they will see the results of being a loyal member of Adventure Kids once they are older. It is not about receiving freebees, but building you to be the person you want to be,” says ­Adams.

The Christmas party was attended by community members and parents of the benefiting children.

Khanya Nkebana from Women of Hope gave a message of support, telling the children that they should not let their circumstances change what they are, but should rather take advantage of all the opportunities presented to them.

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