Christmas Comes Early for Disadvantaged Children at Carnival City

IMG_0240Carnival City’s annual Charity Christmas Party hosted over 520 children on Monday 30 November, spreading a little early Christmas cheer in Ekurhuleni. The kids were treated to a variety of fun activities, but the highlight of the day was a visit by celebrity guest Spongebob Squarepants, who will be performing live at Carnival City in the musical Spongebob Squarepants: The Sponge Who Could Fly in December. The fun day was overseen by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor, Ntombi Mekgwe.

IMG_0096Spongebob delighted the kids, who rushed to hug him and also added a bit of drama to the day when he drew the name of Break Through Care Centre from a hat, winning them R100 000 towards maintenance of their facility. The facility cares for children who are infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Rising singing star Axene performed for the kids, who sang along after a full day of face painting, rides, jumping castles and games at the Carnival City Theme Park and Magic Company along with lunch from Wimpy. After lunch, they entered an unprecedented winter wonderland area and received gifts from Santa Claus, surrounded by falling snow.

IMG_0336The most touching moment of the day came when the Mpho Madi Trust received a cheque of R35 000.00 from Famous Concerts, who organized the Women’s Day Tribute Concert at Carnival City in August this year. The trust was established to fund artificial limbs for children born with disabilities and named after KwaThema-born Mpho Madi, who was born without upper or lower limbs and celebrates her birthday on 1 December.

A total of 18 different organizations and schools were represented by the more than 500 children on the day and 60 volunteers helped make the day magical for them.

IMG_0116Afrisun East Rand Community Trust Executive Trustee Sandy Hattingh thanked everyone for their part in making the day special. “It was a great treat to see how happy the kids were today – we only wish we could do this kind of thing for them every day!” she said. “We thank the performers for taking the time to come and join us, extend special thanks to Executive Mayor Ntombi Mekgwe for taking the time to come and hand over the cheque to the Mpho Madi Trust and to all who volunteered their time and effort to make this an unforgettable day for the children of Ekurhuleni.”

Christmas Comes Early for Disadvantaged Children at Carnival City