Annually during the first week of December there is excitement in the air amongst the needy children in Polokwane. All the children and parents that are part of our Polokwane Manna Project, are invited to the annual year-end function. We have been blessed by the owners of “Die Drift,” who sponsor us with the beautiful venue just outside of town, for our party. Our bus transport for the children has also been sponsored for the past few years by a local bus company in town.
In August we have to start to contact friends and kind-hearted supporters to consider donating gifts for the needy children. The toddlers receive educational toys and the bigger kids are given practical gifts for the following school year, usually schoolbags, sport bags and stationery.
What would a party be without sweets, chips, ice cream and cold drinks. We purchase all of this out of the donations that we receive from sponsors. At the end of the day there are a lot of happy little sticky faces and fingers covered in cake icing and sticky lollipop goo.
The children thoroughly enjoy themselves, swimming, playing and running around. After a short message from the Word of God as to the reason for the season we hand out the gifts to all the very eager youngsters.
All the hugs and smiles makes all the effort, sweating and running around worthwhile.