Lost City children find Christmas happiness
CHILDREN in Mitchells Plain had an early Christmas surprise yesterday when Father Christmas arrived at their party at the Lost City Community Crèche, which caters for children from Lost City and Tafelsig.
More than 200 children were joined by various sponsors, including Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela and event organiser and businesswoman Yvonne Lungcuzo.
Lungcuzo, who grew up in Lost City, said: “We are here today to bring hope to this community. I want to see the children have a playground so that they do not see people having sex, doing drugs and all the crime.”
Lungcuzo, 47, has been fighting on behalf of her commu- nity since 1994, when she was one of the first shack dwellers in the area.
Today she is the partner in Embassy Travel, a travel agency, and wants to plough something back to her community. She said: “When I go out and sit in a restaurant I cannot even swallow my food because I think of the children in my community who are struggling.”
Madikizela applauded Lungcuzo’s efforts, saying her rags-to-riches story made her a role model for the children.
The MEC, who grew up in Khayelitsha, looked around at the badly vandalised centre where thecreche is, and said: “This is making me very emotional as it reminds me of my background. I believe it is important to share life stories so that the children can get encouragement. These kids look up to role models who are not doing the right things. It is up to us to inspire them and be the right models so that they can become the future CEOS and ministers.”
The children enjoyed a funfilled day with party food, jumping castles and presents from Father Christmas.
Irfaan Jainoodien of Velocity Cars said: “We are truly blessed to be in the position we find ourselves in today. The only way to thank the man upstairs is to give something back to the people.”