Give Xmas to kids and make a real difference

2017-11-21 06:00
Where Rainbows Meet foundation’s Christmas party.

Where Rainbows Meet foundation’s Christmas party.

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Christmas is a time for family and sharing.

However for many families of Vrygrond and the surrounding areas who live under the breadline, Christmas doesn’t mean ­anything.

Most families in these suburbs can’t make ends meet, so the Where Rainbows Meet training and development foundation started the Adopt a Child for Christmas ­campaign.

The non-profit organisation’s campaign was launched in 2014 and has become an annual event with the organisation able to provide food, clothes, stationery, toys, educational material and Christmas gifts.

Kyle Cupido, project manager of Where Rainbows Meet, says this year they want to go even bigger with the campaign.

“The first attempt in 2014 was a resounding success with the project raising over R100 000, over 10 times the fundraising goal of R10 000.

“This year, Where Rainbows Meet hopes to surpass the previous campaigns with a bigger impact in order to give back to its community in a unique fashion. The very active nature of the organisation, paired with its very real presence in the hearts and minds of the local community, means that every donation will make a real difference in the lives of these children and will not be just another drop in the ocean,” he says.

Cupido says their primary objective is to achieve social and economic improvement for the community of Vrygrond and surrounding areas.

“Most of the children in our local communities come from difficult backgrounds, such as drug and alcohol abuse. They are neglected by their parents who show no love, attention or any kind of interest in them due to this substance abuse. These children are malnourished and lack education and skills. Unfortunately, most of the children in our community don’t have the opportunity to have a Christmas,” he says.

This campaign is aimed to show the children that others care and can help them if they need support.

“This year, we want to expand our efforts to reach over 5000 children in Vrygrond and surrounding communities, but we can’t do this without your help. We are calling on everyone to open their hearts and dig deep into their pockets so that we can put a smile on the faces of these children who might not know the true meaning of Christmas if we don’t help them,” says Cupido.

Their three Christmas events will be held from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 December in different areas.

People can donate in various ways. The foundation has an online crowdfunding campaign and a donation page on its website. People can even drop gifts at the ­organisation.

“All donations are welcome and we want to take this initiative into more communities this year.”V For more information visit www.gofundme.com/adopt-a-child-for-christmas2017.

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