IBV GIVES BACK TO OVER 2900 CHILDREN
Written by: Lisanne Lazarus and Venal Naidu
Over 2900 children enjoyed an exclusive VIP experience with some of their favourite South African celebrities at the Durban Exhibition Centre this weekend.
The International Bank Vaults (IBV) in association with the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), partnered to host disadvantaged children from over 40 children’s homes around Durban at the sixth annual IBV VIP Children’s Day.
South African celebrities, sports personalities, CEOs and entertainers took the day off to spend time and pamper the kids who were ever so keen to see them.
According to the IBV executive office, the concept of the Children’s VIP Day is that no cash changes hands, businesses get involved offering time or products to make the day a success for the children. Partners can get involved and support with items to giveaway on the day in the form of tog bags, clothing, math sets, calculators, stationery, books, toiletries, sweets, food and beverages; transport, entertainment or even activities and games.
Yajna Sewnarain, daughter of the IBV Chief Executive Officer, Ashok Sewnarain, said that there is a touching story behind how the day came about.
“It all started when we went to a children’s home and I asked a little boy what he wanted for Christmas and he said he wanted a hotdog. That struck me, why not give him so much more. So IBV together with local businesses have come together to sponsor a day worth 2.5 million rand to pamper those kids who aren’t fortunate enough to experience this on a regular,” said Sewnarain.
The Durban ICC was filled with resounding laughter and smiles as the children were treated to interactive and educational activities which included a volleyball court, a soccer field, mini jeeps, trains and pony rides.
The children were also treated to a selection of refreshments which were served by CEOs, celebrities and volunteers.
Dhiren Naidu who is a financial advisor for Liberty Life, took a day off his busy schedule to man one of the popcorn stands.
“I’m here today because I want to help put a smile on the children’s faces and I’m just really excited to be here and do my bit,” said Naidu.
South African artists namely Sketchy Bongo, Aewon Wolf, DBN NYTS, Gemini Major, Undivided Roots, Dj Tira, Nasty C and Dream Team, put on a mini concert for the children.
Maps Maponyane, Kajal Bagwandeen and Zabba were also amongst South African personalities who attended the event with Darren Maule as the host.