News - Date: 25 June 2010
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The children’s ward at Messina Hospital nearly resembled a kindergarten graduation party when 17 children forgot their sicknesses for a while to jubilantly receive gifts from the first lady of Limpopo, Mokgadi Mathale. The presentation of the gifts is part of the Limpopo’s First Lady Trust’s obligation to improve the lives of indigent community members, especially vulnerable children.
Much to the excitement of the children, the First Lady of the province donated a DVD player, blankets, children’s books, DVDs, crayons, posters, sweets and snacks. As the children lined up to receive their gifts, the first lady further rewarded them with handshakes, hugs and kisses.
When handing out the gifts, the first lady said there was nothing more personally satisfying than to witness happiness and enjoyment on the faces of children who hail from desperately indigent homes. "Many of these poverty-stricken children could not afford a decent life and it is our responsibilities as community members to make sure that they grow up to become responsible leaders of our nation. Assisting needy children is not a luxury but a vital necessity that can no longer be delayed. The First Lady Trust will continue to make a difference in the lives of our people in a bid to fight against poverty, hunger and unemployment.”
The acting mayor of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gabriel Ramushwana, said it was important to nurture children because they needed love and affection to be able to grow up in an admirable manner. “As Musina Municipality, we fully support all the initiatives aimed at empowering our children – that is why we have a children’s desk based in the mayor’s office. We are very pleased to be part of this event and it is encouraging to see these kids full of smiles although they are sick.”