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Carnival Community Day

Posted: 19-Jan-2014 by Maccabi WA

It was a big ask to keep over 300 kids engaged in an activity that wasn't sporting or social but the organisers of Community Day Leanne Fasser and Karen Steinberg hit the nail on the head  this year with the activities they selected for the kids to participate in.

The girls were lucky enough to spend the day in the air conditioning making handmade African style dolls for the Uthando project which distributes dolls in KwaZulu-Natal. Lynn Tognolini who is the WA School co-ordinator for the Uthando project ran this day for carnival and explained that, “KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is home to one quarter of South Africa’s children. Two in every three of them live in poverty and 1.5 million are younger than six. One in five children has already lost one or both parents to the AIDS. While nutritious food, clean water, shelter and education are essential for a child’s wellbeing, so is play. Playing with the handmade dolls that will be shipped over to these children, enables them to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Through play children have the opportunity to experience delight and to unleash their imagination and also their grief and loss, and come to better understand things that trouble or confuse them.”   Uthando is the isiZulu word for love and it was certainly with a lot of love that our Carnival girls made their dolls and wrote every one of them a note for the intended recipient. Lynn and her team of Perth volunteers were delighted with the outcome of Community Day with every girl making a doll in one day that usually takes a term at school. In her introduction, Lynn explained that this would be the only toy that these children would ever own, the girls were determined to craft the most beautiful doll they could. Thanks to Textile Traders who donated many fabric off cuts for the dolls and also many of the parents who donated colourful socks and trims.

The carnival boys preferred to keep a little more active on Community Day and Leanne and Karen organised for them to go to Chisholm Catholic College in Bedford to their indoor pool and gymnasium to partake in 2 activities. The first activity was a demonstration with our WA CSG Group run by Warren Kotkis and Brad Millar . The boys leant very useful basics of self defence with the idea being that the boys now had a greater understanding of the amazing services that CSG provides for our schools, shules and all our community events. Hopefully this insight will encourage the boys to join CSG in their various States when they leave school. After lunch the boys did a course given by the Royal Life Saving Society of WA including water survival skills, defensive and escape techniques, aquacode-self preservation and reach and throw rescues.

All in all it was a very successful, enjoyable and for some life changing day.

All photos curtesy of JulieK Photography




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