For upcoming Heritage Day on Saturday 24 September, Ocean View resident Shamiela Rooi has organised a netball and soccer tournament for needy children, and is appealing for donations to make it a special day.
Her Heritage Day plans involve two junior tournaments for netball and soccer teams aged between eight and 11. "Kids from five teams will come down and have fun for the day at Six Sister flats opposite the police station. I would like to give them some lunch and a treat for the day to make them feel special."
Apart from feeding needy children whenever she can, on holidays she likes to "do special things for them when it's a special holiday. They are so used to having nothing so I go out of my way to make them feel special. The look on their faces when I do this is priceless. I focus more on sport so that they can be happy kids."
For her Heritage Day plans, Shamiela needs our help and is appealing for donations from the generous people of the area, including Kommetjie.
"I called my projects Laugh out Loud I want kids to laugh as loud as they can without worrying about bad things."
"It's not easy asking for help but I will do everything in my power not to disapoint these kids. They get so much in their house holds so if I can spread some love and positive energy."
Also, since the hunger and financial difficulties brought by the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, many of Shamiela's players cannot afford to travel when they're invited to play away games. "We used to have cake sales and bazaars to raise funds but when COVID started most of the parents lost their jobs. So I took it upon myself to get them to the games."
Please consider making a small monthly contribution to support Shamiela, or make a bigger one-off donation:
S van Rooi