O&L spreads Christmas joy
01 December 2017 | Social Issues
Christmas arrived early for approximately 150 orphaned and vulnerable children at the coast.
Santa Claus dished out gift packs while surprise appearances by Minnie and Mickey Mouse mascots, brought sheer joy to the children from various children’s homes in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
The children attending the ninth Ohlthaver & List Group event at Sparta recreational club on Wednesday had an enjoyable time and were also treated to snacks and a light meal. Additional activities on offer included jumping castles, face painting, trampolines, slippery slides and paddle boats.
O&L Group corporate social investment coordinator, Vanessa Mwiya, said the occasion served the purpose of creating a festive atmosphere and sharing the joy of Christmas with those children who might not be in a position to experience this.
Volunteers consisting of employees from O&L Group operating companies Dimension Data, Hangana, Namibian Breweries, Namibian Dairies and Kraatz Marine facilitated and oversaw proceedings at the party.
Walvis Bay Kids Haven children’s home house mother, Nicolene Philander, welcomed the initiative and said the children really looked forward to the yearly occasion. “Many of those who grow up or spend time in children’s homes are not exposed to this type of interaction. The atmosphere is phenomenal and provides as well as encourages the children to establish friendships.”