The Isipho Centre in Paterson is situated in an area with an abnormally high percentage of HIV/Aids infected persons.
Established by David Banesi and wife, Sindiswa, the centre has for many years been a beacon of hope and stability in an increasingly transient and difficult world offering little hope to youngsters caught in a world full of low to no employment, HIV and substance abuse.
Over the years various local businesses have lent a helpng hand by building on and providing much needed cash and goods.
Today we travelled out to the centre to attend the graduation of the 2019 class prior to their going on to Grade R.
For the past two days Claire and I have been packing sweet packets for approximately 300 little people.
Claire, from Worldwide Experience, has been involved with Isipho for a number of years and has cadged personal donations from staff at the Founders Lodge, Mantis Collection Employees and Worldwide Experience in order to make this day extra special for the little people taking a big step up the education ladder.
WHAT A WAY TO SPEND BLACK FRIDAY – Giving and not Consuming, Connecting and not Fighting for Bargains!
It is true what people say – true love lies in giving and not receiving.
What a great feeling it was watching these young people feeling bewildered at all the attention but dressed in their best – cute little white dresses for the young ladies, a smattering of bow ties for the young gentlemen and each topped off with a graduation gown and sash.
Graduates from Isipho who had gone on to University degrees spoke at the prizegiving, lending a sense of community and authenticity to the proceedings along with providing a wonderful beacon of hope for the parents and little people present.
A sense of community abounds at Isipho – one which we in our fast paced, greedy, stuff orientated world have forgotten.
The goodies donated to Isipho have come from volunteers to programmes hosted by Worldwide Experience, guests at Mantis Collection properties and from the pockets of employees united with a sense of purpose and caring. The giving continues on a daily basis as tourists and guests are gently encouraged to support Isipho through the Pack for a Purpose programme where guests are given a list of items that are on the Isipho wish list.
Next Black Friday rather do something for those who cannot afford a bargain and give them your stuff and time.
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