There really is no better feeling in the world than being able to help others less fortunate than ourselves. I believe that if you are blessed enough in this life to have nice things, a good education, a good job and the means to live a comfortable life you should share your blessings with those who are not as lucky as yourself. No amount of money can buy the amazing feeling that comes from doing good for someone else. Even the smallest contribution makes the world of difference.
The Trend Frenzy team…Marcello Ciavaglia, Christopher Maider, Mark Hung, Michelle Faber, Shaun Faber, Anu Mantri, and myself (Carla)…all met up at innisfree park on Sunday morning the 17th July to take part in the Cheesekids Mandela day Event sponsored by Old Mutual and 5fm. For most of us it was the first time we had taken part in this particular event and I think I can safely say that none of us regret the time spent.
On arrival we handed in our forms and collected our T-shirts, then headed off towards the busses that were going to take us to our chosen activity’s for the day. After much deliberation we all finally decided on an activity which included painting, computer training & reading. Although our bus driver got completely lost we finally arrived at The Kliptown Youth Village in the South of Johannesburg. This Youth village is situated in the middle of a shanty town and as we disembarked the bus and walked down the path between the shacks we were welcomed and greeted by the residents.
Once we arrived at the Youth centre we were briefed on what they do there. Amongst other things this centre provides a place for children to come and take part in extra lessons & computer training. They also work to get their brightest students scholarships with American schools.
We then split up into groups, some of the Trend Frenzy team opted to help paint the centre and the rest of us…including myself…went off to help some of the children with their reading. The little girl I sat with was still too small to read on her own so I read to her and as we went along I helped her with English words for things she saw and pointed at in the pictures. The beauty of it all was that she ended up teaching me a little of her language as well. hehehe It’s amazing how in giving to her she gave so much back and it is an experience I will not soon forget.
After our 67minutes were up we said our goodbyes after watching a show by some of the kids. They danced a fantastic Gum boot dance for us to say thanks. Just being able to be there and help was enough for us but the show just humbled us all a little more.
Once we were all on the bus we headed back to Innisfree park where there was a free live concert. I headed home after the bus drive but a few of our team stayed for the show. The line-up was definitely a star studded one and includes groups like Goodluck, The Muffinz, Zebra & Girrafe, Khuli Chana, AKA, Tidal Wave, HHP & Siph Hotsticks.
We will definitely take part in this awe-inspiring event again next year without a doubt and we hope that you will take the time out to do the same. A big thanks to Cheeskids, Old Mutual & 5fm for all their efforts and giving us as individuals the means to do something amazing.
Trend Frenzy is definitely not done giving…so be sure to watch our FB page and the mag for future events. 😉