Within the space of one week, Surfer Santa travelled from Cape Town to the West Coast and back in order to bring joy to our Elands Bay and Strandfontein children…
Monday, 16 December dawned hot and bright in Elands Bay and our team started prepping for a braai of epic proportions!
Braaied chicken, watermelon, salads, toasties, snacks for days, a dance-off, and then amazing Shoeboxes filled to the brim with personalised gifts donated by our awesome Shoeboxers… and the day was over in the blink of an eye!
It was such a lovely day and we are thankful to the following West Coast supporters who made it extra special: Elands Bay Hotel, Laaiplek Spar, Mariette Louw Capes, and community members who came to help out on the day…
Our Cape Town party, in comparison, was a blustery, rainy day on 19 December!
We love that our kids are so resilient though and don’t allow anything to rain on their parade…they didn’t let the weather get to them and still enjoyed the pool and outdoor space at Pelican Lodge in Zeekoevlei.
Our older boys once again pulled out all the stops when it came to the braai and the kids enjoyed the meal and snacks on offer. The highlight, of course, was when Surfer Santa emerged with a mountain of gifts and there was lots of oohing and aahing over the amazing personalised gifts that our Shoeboxers had compiled!
The sun came out just in time for us to capture this fantastic shot before the group headed off home…
It takes a village…
We wouldn’t be able to pull off these kinds of events without the support of very special staff, volunteers, and loyal corporate sponsors.
Special thanks go to Old Mutual‘s IT Security team for sponsoring a lot of the drinks and snacks, Grosvenor Tours for pledging 19 Shoeboxes and for organising the Springbok Atlas 60-seater bus which transported our Cape Town kids, Baker Tilly Greenwoods for pledging several shoeboxes, and to Maria Botha and friends who fundraised for Easter and Christmas all the way from Perth!
Last but not least, a huge thanks to all our amazing Shoeboxers! Every individual, family, and organisation who lovingly collated hand-picked gifts for 97 children, including our St Francis Bay boys!
It was our first year of doing the Christmas Shoeboxes and the response totally exceeded our expectations.