A TASTE OF THE FAST LIFE
By: Dale Munatswa
Less privileged children from care centres around Durban were hosted by the International Bank Vaults (IBV) and International Convention Center (ICC) at the Durban Exhibition Centre this weekend.
According to Nelly Reddy, Sales Executive from the IBV, the initiative was part of the company’s community outreach program. It aimed at providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds exposure to, “the VIP life”.
Reddy said that the most important object of the event was making the children happy.
“The most important thing is to see a smile on their face,” she said.
Director of Secret Heart Child and Youth Center, Cosma Cira, said that the event provided a platform for vulnerable and abused children to learn and be happy.
“They will benefit a lot here- they are getting cosmetics, stationery and it is also educational,” said Cira.
Jumping castles, sports pitches, ice cream and candy characterised the venue. While the very young played in the toddler’s area, some children were showcasing their talents in dance, poetry and singing during a talent show.
Eleven year old Lundi Kunene was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. When asked how he felt he replied, “good,” with a bright smile.
Other companies who pitched in to support the initiative include, Nandos, Pie City, Sticks and Licks, among others.
Finance Manager of Sticks and Licks, Anisha Kisson, said, “A lot of these kids don’t often get this opportunity. For them, its a big thing, so we are offering them the luxuries that you and I can get but they cant.”