Youth organise Mother’s Day event

#Sisonke Foundation members on stage during the Mother's Day event at Kgatlamping Primary School.

More than 200 Tembisa mothers flocked to Kgatlamping Primary School on Sunday to join the school’s celebration of Mother’s Day.

The event was organised by a youth group called #Sisonke Foundation.

It was graced by Thabo Monyanyedi from the office of the Ekurhuleni executive mayor; Kekeletso Moalosi from the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation; members of St Paul Saviour Church and its brass band, a few local pastors and some members of the African National Congress (ANC) in Ward 10.

The mothers couldn’t contain their joy when they were pampered with a lunch, drinks, snacks and gifts.

During the celebration, all the mothers participated in a raffle which saw 50 moms each winning a blanket to keep themselves warm this winter.

The chairperson of #Sisonke Foundation, Vukile Mgenge, said since they formed the organisation in October last year, it was the very first time that they managed to plough back into the community.

“We’ve planned this event for quite some time and we wanted it to be a success. We wanted to show our gratitude to our lovely and gorgeous mothers in the community. Our mothers are the ones who first showed us the world and now it’s our turn to show them the world,” said Mgenge.

Mgenge said they wanted to cheer up the moms and make them forget about stressful home issues for the day.

“Our mothers play a huge role for us to become who we are today and they are undoubtedly the most special. We are hoping that the little effort that we made for our mothers today will benefit and empower them, as we are proud of them,” said Mgenge.

Moalosi encouraged the mothers to do regular exercise to keep healthy.

“I urge our mothers not to depend on pills but to exercise consistently. Even if you can walk a few hours every day and avoid stress, this will help you keep fit and stay healthy,” added Moalosi.

Due to the weather, the mothers failed to take part in several games involving physical exercise that were organised for them. Instead, they spent the day showing off their skills in dancing and singing praises.

Monyanyedi encouraged the youth to continue doing good work for the community.

#Sisonke Foundation is a group of 21 members ranging from 25 to 40 years.

A mother, Mpule Musime, said she was grateful for the event and appreciated the special treatment she received from the Tembisa organisation.

“I wish Mother’s Day was every day so that I can be treated like I was treated today. It was special to me because I did not touch any home chores. I just prepared myself in the morning to get pampered for the day,” said Musime.

Malebo Tseke

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