World Play Day was celebrated on Friday 26 May at Khayelitsha Stadium as a precursor to Child Protection Week. Despite the very cold winds and rainy weather, we were blessed with a rain-free day and 750 young children made the most of it. In addition, community dialogues around the important topics of child protection took place, engaging leaders from different organisations and communities.
With displays, interaction stations, jumping castles, reading corners plus City of CT Health booths (offering vaccinations, Road to Health and oral health handouts), these very precious children played their hearts out!
Special thanks to the SAPS Horse Unit who delighted the children with a gallop around the field and a chance to touch the horses, and CoCT Fire Department (Khayelitsha) who brought their engines to World Play Day and interacted with the children.
Thanks to the many people who worked so hard to make this day a success!
A special thank you to Tygervalley Cente for their donation of warm scarves and beanies and the learners of Wynberg Girls High School who made sandwiches for our picnic.
And a comment from our partner...
To our many wonderful partners who made this day possible: truly, our village is blessed to have you caring for the young children who will one day be our future leaders.
Sikhula Sonke has started with the conversion of an abandoned public recreational space in UT Gardens. This will become a new strategic multi-function Centre with a play park, two classrooms, a kitchen and a storeroom.
The UT Gardens Centre will operate as a safe learning space and shelter for children in our Emthonjeni Playgroup Outreach programme, as well as a meeting and training centre for the Imbiza Family Community Motivator programme which runs the 1st 1000 days programme supporting mothers and young children from conception to 18 months of age.
Our thanks to Solon Foundation and to Claytile for their generous support in this project!
We welcome all donations towards this project - you can give via SnapScan or EFT. Please add the reference "UT Gardens" to your donation.