JOY: Santa Claus, AKA Lt Sergio Kock, with four-year-old Lebogang and Maj-Gen Hilda Mohajane. Picture: Zandisile Luphahla
Christmas came early for more than 200 children who received a treat of gifts from Kimberley police yesterday.
About 240 children from Greenpoint and Galeshewe in Kimberley, and others from Mauritzfontein farm, were treated to a Christmas party at Itec Park.
The party was organised by the SAPS Women’s Network.
Elsewhere in Galeshewe, the police provincial crime detection office also handed out grocery hampers to more than 20 underprivileged families.
Police spokesperson Lt Sergio Kok said their main focus remained on children who were survivors of sexual offences, orphans, farm children and the disadvantaged.
He said NGO Santa’s Shoebox would also present eight cancer surviving children with Christmas presents.
“We know that this selfless gesture will keep on growing. The police, with the help of other sponsors, looks forward to giving 500 children presents from Santa’s Shoebox in 2013,” Kok said.
Deputy provincial commissioner Maj-Gen Hilda Mohajane said Christmas portrayed the love of God.
“The Bible says in the Book of John that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life,” says Mohajane.
“Love is the big word used, especially during Christmas time, and more so during the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.”
Mohajane said love could also be seen as the driving force that kept the police focused on their mandate of protecting women, children and all citizens in the country.
“The Women’s Network has a social responsibility to initiate programmes that contribute to poverty alleviation.”
She said the project was initiated in 2010 when her office and staff decided to have a Christmas party for 60 children, where gifts and party packs were handed out.
“With the help of sponsors this project grew in 2011 and 150 disadvantaged children were spoilt with Christmas gifts at the Choctaw Spur in Kimberley.”
Mohajane also thanked sponsors such as NG Bakenskop Church, Revamp Construction, Willmore’s, Glass Fit, Rugga Inn, Bonne Apetit Catering, Clover and Mega Furniture.