MANDELA DAY SERVICE:

The Prefects have been giving their share of 67 minutes this week, by being involved in various Mandela Day initiatives.  On Tuesday they went to Princess Alice Adoption Home and yesterday they went to the SPCA. They will spend their time making sleeping bags for the homeless from newspaper today.  Thank you for driving these projects, Ms Cachalia; and to the Prefects for giving their 67 minutes to make a difference to our community.

Princess Alice Children’s Home:  Emotional, inspirational, meaningful, awakening and touching – all describe our service for Mandela Day.We had the incredible privilege as prefects to visit Princess Alice Children’s Home for Mandela Day. The babies and children at the home are either unwanted, abandoned, left in terrible places or given up by their parents who can’t keep them for various reasons. Many of the children are adopted, but some get stuck in the system which makes it hard for them to find forever families.One little girl showed us a picture of her best friend who had left her to be adopted by a family. There were moments like this which were heart-breaking, but there were also moments of hope.When we arrived, we washed our hands and got stuck in. Our first task was to fetch the babies from the nursery to get their nappies changed. The age of the babies was 0 to 3 and the youngest baby was one or two weeks old. We then sat with the children, read to them, played with them and sang to them. Some of us were even able to feed them.The children laughed and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was so moving to see how a simple thing like reading a story can bring so much joy.As I sat there wanting to be sad, I saw the smiles on these perfect little children’s faces, which filled me with love and hope. They really opened my eyes and touched my heart.I truly hope we can go back and see those beautiful faces again.                                                                                    Gabrielle Flaum (Head Girl, Gr7CO.)

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A visit to Princess Alice Children’s Home:  Emotional, inspirational, meaningful, awakening and touching – all describe our service for Mandela Day.

We had the incredible privilege as prefects to visit Princess Alice Children’s Home for Mandela Day. The babies and children at the home are either unwanted, abandoned, left in terrible places or given up by their parents who can’t keep them for various reasons. Many of the children are adopted, but some get stuck in the system which makes it hard for them to find forever families.

One little girl showed us a picture of her best friend who had left her to be adopted by a family. There were moments like this which were heart-breaking, but there were also moments of hope.

When we arrived, we washed our hands and got stuck in. Our first task was to fetch the babies from the nursery to get their nappies changed. The age of the babies was 0 to 3 and the youngest baby was one or two weeks old. We then sat with the children, read to them, played with them and sang to them. Some of us were even able to feed them.

The children laughed and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was so moving to see how a simple thing like reading a story can bring so much joy.

As I sat there wanting to be sad, I saw the smiles on these perfect little children’s faces, which filled me with love and hope. They really opened my eyes and touched my heart.

I truly hope we can go back and see those beautiful faces again.

Gabrielle Flaum (Head Girl, Gr7CO.)