The Annual Children’s Celebration is one of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) calendar events. It started off as a time Nelson Mandela allocated during his birthday month to celebrate with children. The Annual Children’s Celebration has not stopped with Madiba’s passing. The event continues to give children the opportunity to celebrate the work of the Fund and keep Madiba’s legacy alive in a manner that most suits them.
This year marks 20 years of the Fund being in existence since establishment in 1995. The Fund has been working tirelessly over the years to change the way society treats its children and youth. On its 20th anniversary, the Fund wishes to reflect on the results of the work it had done. That reflection is an invitation to children and youth to share their experiences in the journey they have travelled with the Fund in its search for a hero in every child. Listed amongst these fellow-travellers, are heroes and heroines that make the story worth telling.
The 2015 Children’s Celebration
This year’s Children’s Celebration took place on 10 July under the theme “There is a hero in every child”. Attendees included children and youth from around Gauteng and some from as far as Limpopo and North West Province.
Showcased day were various forms of children’s special talents which included traditional dance, poetry, music, brass band, ballet, etc. The audience was captivated by the raw talent exhibited by children and it was in that spirit that we purposely sought to draw out a hero that is within every child.
This allowed children and youth to express themselves, share their talents and stories.
The Programme of the day was co-hosted by Rorisang Thandekiso (who started working with the Fund from an early age) and Reabetswe Mmekwa (who was being mentored by Rorisang on the day). Below are the profiles of the Heroes who participated in the event.
4. Nkosingiphile Ndodla Ndlela – Male (13 yrs) & Thando Dlomo – Female (13 yrs)
Thando and Ndodla both 13, and come from Zola, Soweto and attend Thathane Higher Primary School, where they are in Grade 7. Thando is embracing her love for music daily. This dynamic duo is inseparable. Ndodla’s dream is to build a successful business
5. Kgodiso Mokonyane – (Female)
Kgodiso’s involvement with Efeng Bacha helped her to develop a family away from home with Efeng Bacha members and the Fund’s staff. This helped her to obtain her grade 12 with distinction, be in the North West province’s top 20 matric pupils in 2004 and obtain a BSc (Hons) degree in Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. She believes in constantly learning and developing herself, and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town. Efeng Bacha also helped her realise her passion for leadership and how to use it to truly realise a better future for all South Africans. As such, she got involved with the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals (ASABA) when she got to university and eventually founded its women’s committee. Later on, she became President of ASABA – a role that she currently occupies.
Kgodiso has grown within the NMCF family over the past 12 years and is now a Trustee of
We also took the time to invite other organisations that are involved in changing lives to showcase their work. The following organisations exhibited their wares:
National Council for Persons with Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA)
NCPPDSA is a leading disability organisation with 75 years’ experience of enabling, supporting and enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities. As one of South Africa’s leading non-profit organisations, the NCPPDSA has shown great ability to adapt and transform to the ever changing landscape of the disability sector and that of non-profit organisations.
Southern Africa Youth Project
Formerly known as Diepsloot Youth Project, the organisation exists to empower the youth through up-skilling them to recognise and utilise the opportunities that are around them.
Sparrow FET College
Through partnership with industry, Sparrow FET College continues to make great strides in ensuring that its vision and mission of equipping youth with skills is realised. The FET College strives to build strong partnerships with members and representatives from various industries. Through these partnerships, the College is able to offer bursary programs and learnership opportunities to students who would normally not be able to further their education
The Fund is extremely grateful to Pick n Pay for sponsoring the event, thus ensuring that all guests are well-fed. We would like to thank Pick n Pay for the sponsorship of meals, cake, drinks, and water as well as for the special meals packs which were given to children as take-away gifts. We are also thankful to Pick n Pay for their staff who were ready to serve on the day.
Pick n Pay staff with Shakes Mashaba (Head Coach of South Africa National Soccer Team, Bafana Bafana)Simba and Oral HealthWe would also like to thank Simba for the donation of chips and Oral Health for the donation of toothpaste and toothbrush.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund would like to extend its gratitude to everyone who attended the 2015 Children’s Celebration and those that made it possible.
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