Mandela Day is a global call to action that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.
The Insurance Institute of Gauteng (IIG) and the Class of 2019 have chosen Ikholwa Children’s Home as the charity for 2019. Ikholwa is registered as a child and youth care centre by the Department of Social Development. The children in Ikholwa’s care are legally placed by various children’s courts within the Weltevreden Park area. The home also serves as a temporary safe home before children are matched and placed with adoptive families by accredited adoption agencies. Where the children are not placed, Ikholwa becomes their permanent home for as long as required.
For Mandela Day the IIG together with Class of 2019 decided to take the children out for lunch. This was an opportunity for the children to spend some time outside their homes enjoying a great meal and an afternoon filled with fun and laughter. Thank you to Discovery Insure and Emerald Africa for this delightful treat.
Pick up was at 14:00 sharp from their three homes in Weltevreden Park. Separate homes are provided for boys, girls and children under 8. In total 21 children and 3 house mothers from Ikholwa Children’s Home were present. The shuttles to Papachinos Broadacres and back to the home were sponsored by Absa Insurance.
Upon arrival the children were treated to lunch and plenty of activities. The children below 8 years old absolutely loved making their own pizza. Whilst waiting for these to come out the oven they enjoyed the playing in the monster jungle gym and the variety of arcade rides available. The older children enjoyed a game of soccer, cricket and putt putt whilst waiting for the meals.
After lunch the children were given a gift and pencil cases which would serve as a memento of this enjoyable afternoon. Thank you to the sponsors MIRB Africa and RFIB for this thoughtful gesture.
It was a great privilege for the IIG and the Class of 2019 to spend time with the children from Ikholwa. It cemented the need for us to continue fund raising with vigour. The Class of 2019 is still raising funds for the children’s home until the end of this year. Should you be interested in becoming a donor please follow the tab on the IIG website headed “Ikholwa”, complete a pledge form and a Class of future leader will be in touch.
“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela
Article by: Charlene Houston (Class of 2019) and Simphiwe Mtyali (IIG Council)