In the Northern hemisphere, Santa brings gifts on Christmas Eve. In the South, Santa resides amongst us and we get to get our gifts during daylight and sometimes a few days before Christmas.
The children of Tshepang Centre got an early Christmas when charity organisation Round Table and professional accounting body Saiba organised a Christmas party to make sure the most disadvantaged among us had something to celebrate. With the relationship being established a little over a year ago, it has become tradition to bring joy to the children as much as possible.
Round Table is an organisation focused on transforming lives and building sustainability through different projects. Members use their skills and networks to bring change where it is needed. It has 13 clubs in Gauteng and more than 100 across the country. This Christmas, Saiba partnered with Round Table to bring joy to the less fortunate.
Some 720 people attended the Christmas party, more than 500 of them children, and everyone went home on a full stomach. The children enjoyed face painting, jumping castles, ice cream and magic show to complete the day of activities and fun.
The Centre provided a needs list, which Round Table and Saiba decided to fulfil. Saiba made a R10,000 donation to the Centre, and these are some of the items on the needs list which Saiba and Round Table provided:
- Meat (60kg)
- Over 500 kgs bananas
- Grocery tubs
Round Table member and Saiba staffer Wesley de Kock shares how excited the children were to be showered with food and gifts, as well as a magic show that blew their minds. Children were then invited to walk to an ice cream truck that was brought along for the occasion. Needless to say, the children were delighted and left with smiles on their faces.
The children also gave a wonderful dance performance for the audience.
The day was a great success and Wesley explains that Round Table and Saiba have big plans for Tshepang Centre in the future.
In these difficult times, Saiba and Round Table were determined that the less fortunate would not be left behind.