FOR 30 Aids orphans on the South Coast, World Aids Day on December 1 was a special one.Clicks South Coast partnered with the Red Cross to create a memorable experience for the children on a day that is dedicated to those afflicted by HIV/Aids around the world.Coming from impoverished homes and raised by the grandmothers or aunts, for these children, a day of fun, games, treats and warm affection from caregivers was much-needed. All four Clicks stores along the South Coast, including Clicks at Oribi Plaza, Shelly Centre Southcoast Mall and Hibiscus Mall, came together to sponsor the event. They provided a jumping castle, face painting and entertainment by Cliffy the Clown, a DJ, gift hampers and tasty treats, as well as a KFC lunch. “We wanted to make a difference to these kids’ lives so we went all out. I think we have achieved what we set out to do, and we hope to have many more events like this in the near future,” said Beryl Govender, pharmacy manager at Clicks Southcoast Mall. The children present were aged between nine and 15 years, and came from different areas such as Betania, Murchison, Nyandezulu, Boboyi and Mtwalume.Deborah Cele, a home-based care facilitator at the Red Cross Port Shepstone, said some of the children have been abused, and some are on ARV treatment. She said even though her job is demanding and difficult at times, playing with the children and talking to them makes it all worth it. The Red Cross provides counselling and various activities for orphans and vulnerable children, such as physical education, beadwork, singing and poetry lessons.