Vodacom ensured that the Orlando Children’s Home enjoyed a Christmas party to remember when they brought the entire Orlando Pirates Football Club squad to the home on Monday and even arranged a visit by Father Christmas.
Vodacom and the Orlando Pirates players spent a day bringing fun and laughter to the home’s 60 children, many of whom have been abused and neglected, while some are also sufferers of HIV/Aids.
The Vodacom Foundation has partnered with the home since 2008 and has donated more than R4 million to its work caring for these children, while also attending to the basic needs and schooling of these children on an annual basis.
But on Monday it was all about fun as the children played football with the players, learnt skills from them and also had the opportunity to take photographs with their favourite players and even sing Christmas carols with them.
A jumping castle as well as face painters and balloon artists added to the festive cheer.
Vodacom also arranged for each child to receive their own Christmas hamper, which included clothes, pyjamas, toiletries, toys, a school bag and pack of stationery for the new school year. This was personally handed over to each child by an Orlando Pirates player. Father Christmas also visited the home and took photographs with the children.
The day ended with the Vodacom Foundation announcing their donation of a new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre for the home.
“The Vodacom Christmas Party always brings such joy to our children,” said Solani Marriam Mazibuko, the Orlando Children’s Home Project Director.
“We are so grateful when the community recognises our children and plants a seed of love in their hearts.”
Andile April, the Vodacom media specialist who announced the handover of the ICT Centre, said: “This was a day for us to just show these children some love before we do so for our own children and in our own communities. The ICT Centre will make sure that they don’t fall behind at school simply because they don’t have the facilities other children have.”