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Zakumi brings joy to poor kids

By unknown | Nov 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Aids orphans and poor and vulnerable children in Umlazi, south of Durban, were treated to a feast when SA's popular mascot, Zakumi, visited their centre.

The tail-wagging, soccer-playing leopard was launched on September 22, starting Coca-Cola South Africa's two-year programme of involvement with the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Zakumi yesterday brought laughter and joy to the Sithokozise NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of Aids for Humanity) centre.

The drop-in centre, established in 2003, caters for 292 children from poor families, ranging in age from two to 16.

Supervisor Sphiwe Miya said: "We feed and prepare the children for school and also offer an after-care facility that includes homework supervision.

"We also give them a full meal before they go home."

Zakumi played games and gave out prizes to the children.

"I love Zakumi," said three-year-old Nomfundo Gumede.


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