A day of hope and possibilities
It’s a vibrant, energetic organisation where every person involved works hard to change the lives of the disadvantaged people in our community.
The children’s event that took place on Saturday, 11 April 2015, simply reiterated what I already know; Oliver’s House is real. By the time the children of Nomthandazo arrived at the Bokkie Park in Boksburg, they were greeted by friendly faces and a magical atmosphere.
Thanks to our sponsors there was no shortage. Everything a child could dream of was available. From jumping castles, to pony rides and plenty of food and treats, but it was something else that left me in awe. We were blessed with so many volunteers and community involvement. Staff, sponsors, and volunteers alike, allowed their inner child to rule the day. Our face paint fairy ended up painting the faces of children as well as adults, and the magic grew stronger.
It dawned on me that we all have the power within us to change lives. Where a community comes together, things will change for the better. I witnessed the power of the community first hand and it gave me hope.
More than ever before, I believe that if we are committed to inspire, empower, and surround our youth in a caring environment, we will add value to our community. If we take responsibility to empower our youth and guide them towards great values, we will create a better future for all. Life is full of possibilities, but it is up to adults to create an awareness of the possibilities.
As each child left with a goodie-hamper, laughing, smiling and care free, I realised how blessed I was to be a part of this day. A heartfelt thank you to our staff, our sponsors and our volunteers, who made this day possible. Let us always come together for the good of our children. Let us never lose hope. We can make a difference.By: Mariska Pelser