Take an orphan to the movies

2019-04-16 06:01

Make a difference and adopt a child for the Orphan Day Open Air Cinema night to be hosted at the St Francis Children’s Home in Crawford on Saturday 27 April.

The event is held through a partnership between St Francis and Aspire Promotions to support 200 children from different local orphanage homes across the city.

According to Bassit Colby, one of the organisers, the event aims to give children a sense of belonging and make them feel that they are special.

They appeal to the public to buy tickets and make the evening a success. There are two movies to watch, the first one is Pokeman the Movie: The Power of Us at 18:30 and the next one, Spiderman into the Spider-Verse at 20:00.

Each ticket-holder will be assigned one child to sit with them during the movie and be encouraged to interact and get to know the child.

The children are between the ages of five and 18 years and according to Colby, they will be coming from St Francis, Habibia Children’s Home in Rylands, Al-Muhaymin Children’s Home in Kenwyn, DarunNaim Orphanage in Wynberg and Peace of Hope in Parklands.

Colby says these are children coming from vulnerable circumstances, needing inspiration to make it in life.

Colby explains: “Many of us neglect the orphaned children in these places. Never neglect and forget an orphan.

“They are the one needing love the most and just giving money is not enough. They need us, they need to have that kind of engagement,” Colby says.

All children will also be treated to an entire day filled with activities including jumping castles, water slides, face painting and snacks.

Colby says though they partnered with St Francis, they understand the orphanage is even broader in Cape Town and they wanted to open a wider opportunity to reach to as many children as possible.

He says the funds raised through the event will be donated back to the participating charities to boost their programmes.

Fatima Levy, spokesperson for St Francis says this is one of their continuous programmes to support and show their beneficiaries that they matter and are loved.

She says they trust the public will come in numbers and make the evening an exciting and memorable one. V Tickets cost R100 and are available at https://bit.ly/2WTe6VQ or any of the participating organisations.

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