Local spreads the cheer for kids

2015-12-15 06:00
Children from Riemvasmaak and Phumlani Village received gifts at a Christmas lunch for them.  PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

Children from Riemvasmaak and Phumlani Village received gifts at a Christmas lunch for them. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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A group of more than 50 underprivileged children from Riemvasmaak and Phumlani Village informal settlements were treated to Christmas lunch on Friday morning.

Thanks to an initiative by Grassy Park resident Beryl Williams, the children enjoy a meal, snacks, party packets and gifts.

Williams, who has pioneered the initiative, roped in the help of her workplace at Pick n Pay Constantia and its customers.

“We had a tree at the entrance of the shop where we had children’s names on and the patrons would then buy gifts for the children. We just want them to feel special this time of year,” Williams says.

Although this was the end-of-year bash for little ones in the community, Williams runs such initiatives throughout the year.

“If I am off work for two consecutive days, I will use one day to do laundry but the other day to feed people from the surrounding informal settlements,” she says.

To celebrate the day with Williams and the children at the Calvyn Protestant church in Third Avenue, Grassy Park was Elaine Robyn (a member of the church), Major Marlene Wales, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, both of the Grassy Park police, Dilnawaaz Naidoo (a customer service manager at Pick n Pay Constantia), Marinda Strauss (from Wynberg Military Hospital), Martha Shah (Pick n Pay Constantia) and Father Christmas.

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