Happy christmas: Needy children have been receiving gifts from the Motsepe Foundation, in collaboration with the Polokwane municipality, since November. Picture: Supplied
Christmas cheer arrived early for some of the needy children in Polokwane yesterday as they received free gifts, thanks to Patrice Motsepe’s foundation.
In the absence of the mining mogul, Polokwane mayor Freddie Greaver played Father Christmas as he distributed toys to the children.
Greaver said: “We hope this gesture will lighten up their faces with smiles as they will have something to play with.”
One of the parents who heeded a call to wait for Christmas gifts at the royal palace, Tumelo Chuene, 35, expressed her gratitude for the gifts.
“I am very grateful for this Christmas gift for my two-year-old daughter, Letjoba. She got a pretty doll, it can sing. I am sure she is going to love it.
“I can see that other children are also happy. As parents we are also happy because we cannot afford to buy gifts for our kids. Many of us are unemployed or earn very little to afford buying presents,” Chuene said. The 8000 toys included soccer balls, dolls, toy cars and other goodies.
After distributing the gifts, Greaver’s entourage left Ga-Chuene for Molepo-Sebayeng, Ga-Mothiba, Mankweng, Westernburg, Seshego and Moletjie Moshate.
At the end of the tour, the mayoral team and the Motsepe Foundation’s representatives will be entertained with traditional dancing at the royal village of Moletjie, municipal spokesperson Matshidiso Mothapo said.
Since last month, the foundation has been visiting selected centres to give away gifts to children. So far, Kuruman, East London and Rustenburg are some of the places that have been visited.
For Sunday in Polokwane, the Motsepe Foundation has also organised a free music concert at the Peter Mokaba athletics stadium.
In the line-up are artists including Zahara, Mafikizolo, DJ Cleo, Big Nuz and Professor.
The foundation is an umbrella body for a portfolio of charity initiatives, by the Mamelodi Sundowns boss, which gives to communities and deserving organisations.
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