Spreading some Christmas joy

2012-12-24 16:07

Johannesburg - Eastern Cape health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo definitely knows how to throw a Christmas party to uplift the lives of poor children in his province.

"When I see a poor person, even those begging on the streets, I find myself crying. Why does this gap between rich and poor widen? Why does God allow this?" asked Kupelo.

On Christmas day, hundreds of children from Mthatha will take part in the annual Christmas event he now organises.

Kupelo - who has worked for the provincial health department for 12 years - said he was inspired to begin the event after he received a performance award of R5000 in 2008.

"I decided to spend it with a group of 120 kids."

Since then Kupelo's Christmas parties have grown bigger, as he has received more sponsorship.

Last year, instead of a party, Kupelo found sponsors to donate 600 pairs of shoes and 50 computers for schools in the area.

But this year Kupelo is back in celebration mode - and is going big with lots of food, toys, jumping castles and even helicopter rides.

"One of the young scholars told his teacher he wanted to be 'a Sizwe'. He knows me because I'm from the same village."

Kupelo said, however, the boy was slightly confused.

"I once arrived in the village in a chopper."

He said rather than be a government spokesperson, the boy actually wanted to be a pilot.

This year, Kupelo has now organised a helicopter that will arrive with Santa Claus inside it.

He said he couldn't do the Santa suit himself for safety reasons.

"The kids might get crazy when they see the chopper. I have to control things on the ground."

Kupelo said it must be remembered how exciting these sort of adventures were for children from rural, poverty-stricken homes.

"It is something for a rural boy - even a jumping castle is something out of their world. They always see it on a TV. They don't even know what it is."

This year there would be three jumping castles - one in the standard shape of the medieval dwelling, another in the shape of a crocodile and third that functions as a giant slide.

Food sponsors had been particularly generous. Kupelo said two cakes had been donated and were so big that a bakkie was needed to transport them.

He said five sheep would also be slaughtered.

"We are going to have a braai."

The generous spokesperson said there was no VIP guest list, and all children from the area were welcome to come, and bring their friends along.

Most of the kids that attend Kupelo's parties are aged between 3 and 12.

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-24 16:15

    Thanks Sizwe you are the only government official prepared to share with the poor. Good luck siyabulela int this province to have someone like you who is prepared to bring some smile to our children in our rural areas. Once more thank you.

      lownabester - 2012-12-24 16:25

      Thank you for people like you, Sizwe, Blessings.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-24 16:56

      Thanks Siszwe,God bless you, and your work.

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-12-24 16:31

    Instead of bringing race or politics into this,be glad that those kids are enjoying a cheerful Christmas.

  • hughmupfunya - 2012-12-24 16:42

    Wow . so touching. thanks Sizwe hope many Will learn from Hugh. may God continue to bless those who have given and you the initiator. May God also protect everyone involved. happy Holiday.

  • ernie.meyer.5 - 2012-12-24 16:44

    Well done!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-12-24 17:01

    Such a good story!

  • dodo.c.pilkington - 2012-12-24 17:07

    Those children are going to have a Christmas to remember thanks to a man who really puts his maoney wghere his mouth is. Thank-you< Sir! I wish there were more opf you truly serving the people

  • Katleho King Sheriff Ramothamo - 2012-12-24 17:37

    may God bless siszwe, and may the children enjoy to the fullest...

  • - 2012-12-24 17:48

    Good story, good deed, well done Sizwe.....

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-24 17:51

    Love this story at least one ANC member doing good!!!

  • keith.recore - 2012-12-24 18:04

    Wonderful and may this spirit spread to more days into the lives of many, opening up a window of hope and moments of happiness.

  • Bingo - 2012-12-24 18:05

    Sizwe for president. I will gladly donate to his cause......Respect

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2012-12-24 18:42

    may god bless sizwe abundantly for his good deed.hope those kids have a feast

  • hermann.schwindt - 2012-12-24 19:28

    Wow, great news. May you be able to bless more kids next year!!

  • bernie.sproston - 2012-12-24 19:52

    Sizwe you're a legend and wish you a Happy Christmas and Chrismas Party with the kids.

  • Tee Nqolo Cfyso - 2012-12-24 20:02

    may the almighty give u strength to continue the good work mr Kupiso, have a merry xmas n a happy new year with those lovely souls.....

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-12-25 04:49

    This is an inspirational story. May you be blessed in abundance for the goodwill and compassion from your heart. Wow!!!

  • sonia.swarts - 2012-12-25 17:08

    Well if you remember correctly God was told to get out of the schools out of the houses pretty much out of everything. If people were still a God fearing nation do you realy think things would have been so out of hand. And only seing thing on TV. Excuse me if you know you can't afford a child then dont. Be responsible.

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