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Every year CLAW hosts a Christmas party for more than 300 children from Soweto. It takes a few months to plan, from busses, food, entertainment, Father Christmas’ 4x4 trip and presents for everyone.
Usually we host the party at the CLAW clinic on the West Rand but in 2007 we were fortunate to secure the Cecil Payne Stadium just outside Maraisburg.
Kids are fetched from all over Soweto, Lawley, Slovoville, BraamFischerville, Kliptown and more. Some caregivers accompany the smaller ones, but we have volunteers that give up their day to make it a brilliant Christmas Tree for the kids. Every year, companies and individuals donate gifts, sweets, cold drinks and time to the Christmas Tree event.
In 2007 all sorts of fun activities were planned. We had Lance James come to sing them a few carols while everyone got their faces painted by the volunteers, Father Christmas brought his 4x4 (with reindeer on the front!) and took kids for rides around the stadium, the CLAW staff showed off some of their musical skills, there was lunch and dancing and finally all the gifts were handed out by Santa and his pixie helpers.
If you are interested in helping over the festive season, please contact us and we can let you know what is needed for the coming CLAW Christmas Tree.