Children from various Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Ocean View had a day of fun and received gifts from Santa on Monday December 4 in an initiative called Spreading Kindness.
VolunteersMzantsi AfrikaandChantal Daniels partnered with Emergency Volunteer Services under Shirley Botes, Ocean View SAPS represented by Sergeant Leon Fortuin and Sergeant Mariechen van der Burg, Women of Power and the ECD centres including Little Footprints, Daisy Day Care, Radiance, Little Footsteps,Yahweh, Aquila Creche, Little Rascals, Kings Dale, Elshadai and Noordhoek Valley Educare to treat the children.
The event was held at the multi-purpose centre in Ocean View for 343 children and ABSA in Tokai, represented by Joey Laffey and Florence Cloete, were there to teach the children about saving money and opening bank accounts.
SergeantFortuin said the children also received free money boxes in the shape of soccer boots.
A mentoring workshopwashosted through various forms ofartsandculture and the children were trained by qualified and experienced coaches who are all involved in some form of educating. There were dancing professionals and musicians including The Unknown Dance crew.
The children participated in singing and dancing while the importance of positive decision making and how it impacts on an individual’s future as a young South African was emphasised.
SergeantFortuin said it was also an outlet for the children to release the trauma they have experienced in the community where they reside. “All the children were very enthusiastic and participated in the programme with great interest.
There were some very talented young children at the programme but the main aim was for everyone to have fun. The children also received food and cool drinks at the event and were given party packs to take home,” he said.