ADMISSION to the 2009 Family Fun Day at Mmabatho Stadium on October 10 is clothes, books and non-perishable food for charity.

ADMISSION to the 2009 Family Fun Day at Mmabatho Stadium on October 10 is clothes, books and non-perishable food for charity.

Parents and their teenage children can take part in a unique letter-writing competition, while the event's fun activities include a fun run and walk, indigenous games, team-building sessions, and children's entertainment such as jumping castles, jungle gyms, bike rides, face painting and circus acts.

Conceived by Moses Odirile Banyatsi of Mob Unlimited Productions, the family fun day is the latest addition to the Sowetan and Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation's youth and community development activities portfolio.

Sowetan's nation building or corporate social investments and responsibility work thrives on solid partnerships such as this one.

Fellow sponsors and organisers of the event include Pick n Pay, Baden Mafikeng, Nkwe Stationers and Office Suppliers, Jetline Mmabatho and Tholo Granite Works, while the celebrity contingent is due to come from the cast and crew of the SABC3 soapie Isidingo.

Home-grown singing, acting and sporting talent from around North West will also be showcased.

The event is aimed at enhancing the importance of the family as a foundation of any community, strengthening any society's worth and ensuring that a benefiting nation will be counted among the best, most visionary and thriving in the constantly evolving global village.

Making the North West Family Fun Day a yearly feature is expected to contribute meaningfully to the province's economic and tourism development, expose local artists to their fans, create employment and - above all - contribute to moral regeneration, family values and local business development in a fun-filled manner.

Several charities will benefit from the clothes, non-perishable foods and books that will be donated as an entry fee by patrons, while parents and their teenage children are being invited to write to each other to start a new culture of open communication between adults and the youth.

Three top winning letters by teenagers to their parents or guardians will appear in Sowetan's nation-building pages. The same goes for the three top winning letters by the parents or guardians to their children, charges or protégés.

Ultimately, when a new thriving culture of stable families and adherence to sound family values and youth development takes shape and root, nation building will have been the main driver.