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Event details



When:
17 August 2019

Time:
08:30 - 14:30

Where:
Wynberg Girls High School

Beneficiary:
The Healing Heart Foundation

Volunteer:
Wynberg Girls High School - Interact committee

Wynberg Pamper Party!



Sisanda’s Youth Connect programme aims to connect young volunteers from local high schools with beneficiary children from junior schools in underprivileged communities. We deliver our programme by working closely with a group of young volunteers to plan, fundraise and deliver a mini fun day out.

5 Students from the Interact Committee at Wynberg Girls High School spent over 6 hours of planning sessions, working with the Sisanda team to create a magical pamper party in celebration of Women’s Day.

On Saturday 17th August we welcomed 19 girls aged 8-12 years old from the Vrygrond community to work with 27 young volunteers from Wynberg Girls High School (WGHS). Our young volunteers were not only coming along to work with the children but assisted with setting up the activity spaces, leading and instructing the various activities, organising technical support as well as offering first aid assistance.

In celebration of Women’s month, we wanted to make our pamper party extra special by having a girls only event. The group from WGHS decided that they wanted to work 1:1 with the young girls from Vrygrond which was something extra special for both the children and young volunteers. We made sure there was plenty of time within the day for the girls to get to know each other, share stories, their dreams and just talk to someone who had the time to listen.

Each activity station was focused around spoiling the young girls, whilst making space and time for conversation. We started the day off with a fun, energetic dance warm up, followed by some yoga stretches and mindful meditation to calm everyone down and give them time to relax and focus on themselves. The group then all sat down to make their own face mask from avocado, yoghurt and honey – some of the girls ate most of theirs…it was a tasty combination! Manicures, making flower garland crowns and applying their face masks followed throughout the morning with a small area set up for the girls to create their own card for a special woman in their life. We wanted the girls to share the love and take some time to think about who has made an impact on their life at home and to recognise that.

Throughout the course of the morning, our young volunteers got to know their little buddies really well. We asked each volunteer to take some time to write a special card to their buddy which would then be shared with the group. ‘Shine like the star that you are’ was our message for the day. This was an incredibly emotional session with the young girls becoming quite overwhelmed by the beautiful things their young volunteer had to say about them. It was so empowering and uplifting for everyone and really brought them all closer together.

We were extremely lucky to have a wonderful volunteer from the Sisanda team come and join us for the morning. Thokozile supported the group with their activities and then sat down to give a motivational talk to the girls about being a young woman, and dreaming big. Thoko very kindly shared her story with us all which was extremely touching, and inspired each and every one of us to take the time to think about where we want to be in life and go for it! ‘If you can dream it, be it’ – Thokozile 2019.

After a delicious lunch in the tuck shop, there was a surprise for everyone – the ballet hall at WGHS had been transformed into a magical space filled with fairy lights, popcorn, sweets and hot chocolate. Warm, cosy blankets and pillows had been laid out on the floor and the girls all snuggled down to enjoy a movie together, The Greatest Showman.

What made this Connect event truly special was the love and compassion that each and every young volunteer from WGHS came with. They all genuinely wanted to be there to spend some quality time with a younger girl and spoil them. Everyone connected, the girls, the young volunteers, the teachers and the Sisanda team. We all experienced an extremely special day that will certainly not be forgotten anytime soon.

A huge thank you needs to go out to Natasha Thomas from The Healing Hearts Foundation. Natasha works tirelessly within the Vrygrond, Retreat, Steenberg and Westlake communities to provide various programmes for children and families in need. Natasha partnered with Sisanda FunDaytion to connect us with the group of young girls attending Connect and supported each and every one of them throughout the day.

Thank you to Truworths for your ongoing support of Sisanda FunDaytion and for sponsoring our fun and bright Sisanda t-shirts, the children absolutely loved wearing them! Everyone was united for the day and became part of the Sisanda family.

Thank you to the HCI Foundation for sponsoring our transport with Golden Arrow, you enable us to access the children and bring them out of their communities to enjoy our Connect events at various locations.

Thank you to The Body Shop & Clicks Group for very generously donating goodie bags for each young girl to take home with them – the treats they received were so unexpected and beautifully packaged, it was lovely seeing the surprise on their faces.

Thank you to Omega Air for your ongoing support and for allowing us to add some extra health care products into the goodie bags for each young girl to take home.

Thank you to Wynberg Girls High School for providing us with a safe & secure space to work in and to the Interact Committee for their time and energy planning and delivery a seriously wonderful event.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the volunteers from Wynberg Girls High Schools for giving up your time to volunteer and work with our beneficiary children. The smiles, laughter and energy thrived throughout the day and made it such a special time for everyone involved.

Pictures from the event