We have been doing Refilwe Parties since 2005. What does a party involve?
We bring about 120-150 children to Emmanuel. This requires the hire of two busses. The costs for these are often covered by generous corporate donors or folk in the congregation. We also prepare gift boxes for the children. You can find out more about these HERE. We arrange the food. We have to feed the children, the careworkers who accompany them and the congregation members who help on the day. There is a tea-packet and a lunch packet. We also arrange the games and the equipment (which includes hiring jumping castles) needed for the games.
ON THE DAY:
Our helpers arrive early to set up the jumping castles, games equipment and start the braais.
When the busses arrive, we welcome the children and do some ice-breaking activities followed by a time of singing praise songs and then we break them up into groups with members of the congregation being the group-leaders. Then we have tea.
The games section of the morning is broken up into four slots and the groups work their way through four game stations:
- Jumping Castles: These are a firm favourite and we need folk to supervise the kids who can be real daredevils!
- Mixed relays: There are a variety of races in the same sort of vein as egg-and-spoon and three-legged races.
- Soccer and Icies: Soccer is hard work and so we give the children icies (popsicles) at half-time.
- Water Relays: This involves transporting water at high speed with containers that leak into a container that has holes that must be plugged. The end result? Much fun!
After the games, there is a short message for the kids and then it is time for a lovely lunch.
After lunch, we gather together to say goodbye and to give the children their gifts.
Then they head for the busses and a fun-morning is over.