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Sick kids have a ball at the zoo

By unknown | Jun 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

On a crisp winter morning in Pretoria, 15 volunteers from the law firm Spoor & Fisher warmly welcomed children and their minders from the Reach For A Dream Foundation.

The majority of the children on the outing to the zoo have leukemia, and the day gave them a chance to get away from the hospital and enjoy themselves.

The children were taken around the zoo and shown exhibits at the aquarium and the reptile park.

There was a great deal of chatter and giggling as the children pressed their hands and faces against the glass of one of the tanks in the aquarium. They were waiting for the main attraction - a shark - to make an appearance.

Spoor and Fisher's Candice Spargo said: "It was at moments like these that one almost forgot that these children are terminally ill."

By the time the excited children had finished their tour of the reptile park, they were exhausted and ready for their mid-morning snack.

Most of the children were piggy-backed to the picnic site, where a number of volunteers had gathered from early that morning to prepare the food and lay out blankets for the children to play and rest on.

The idyllic location next to the river provided the perfect pit stop for the children.

Once the children had rested and had their snacks, the volunteers took them for a ride in the cable car.

The children showed no fear and clambered excitedly into the compartments of the cable cars. Needless to say all the children enjoyed themselves a lot.

Then it was time for lunch and the children were treated to a delicious braai.

After lunch, the exhausted and happy children had to make their way back to the hospital.

The final excitement for the day was provided by a rented golf cart, which took some of the children back to the gate.

Before they left, the children were each given a pack of toy wild animals to remind them of their day at the zoo.

At the end of the day, all the volunteers agreed that the day had been extremely rewarding for them.

They could not get over the strength displayed by the little survivors.


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