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Fun, fun, fun … Kiddies’ style

Duduzile Phiri

A fun day, especially for children, was held at St Marks INT? School (rugby stadium Nelspruit) on Saturday, May 5th.

This was the brainchild of Panuel Mkhatswa (24) from Dayizenze, Hazyview.  He is the founder of Umbrella Entertainment, a company that organize children’s fun days.  Some of the entertainment is portable swimming pools and jumping castles, while comedians and local artists keep the parents entertained.

“The purpose of the event was not to make a profit but to raise funds to buy school shoes for orphans in my community.  I never knew my own mom, I grew up in a very difficult situation.  There were times where I had to go to school with bare feet and on an empty stomach.  That’s the day I vowed that I would help orphans.

My team and I are planning to buy shoes from the money raised in the event.  Our aim was to have all children from different cultures to have fun under one roof.  It was extremely difficult to organize, as I had approached a lot of businesses and companies.  However, they weren’t interested.  I had to take money from my own pocket for this event to be a success.   I thank God because Coca-Cola came through with sponsorship,” Panuel said.

Local artists were allowed to showcase their talent. The Sijulile Creative Group from Pienaar was part of the groups that showcased on the day.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who came through and I am grateful to everyone who said no to me.  Due to this, I pushed forward and still made it happen,” said Panuel.

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