Nelson Mandela Bay’s community is at the heart of this year’s The Herald First Choice Kids & Baby Expo with the launch of the LittleBigSouls Preemie & Me Parent Symposium and the Expo’s Care Zone.
The Expo – on at the Boardwalk Exhibition Level on the last weekend of the school holidays from October 7 to 9 – will once again be a platform not just for fun but also to help charities.
The parent symposium, presented alongside the expo on Friday, October 7, is sponsored by LittleBigSouls, whose mission is to provide a fighting chance for pre-term babies born in Africa.
LittleBigSouls will also be sponsoring 20 mothers of premature babies from Dora Ngiza Hospital to attend the symposium, which has a delegate fee of R250.
Expo visitors are invited to bring long-sleeved men’s shirts to the LittleBigSouls stand, as these are then turned into garments that can be used for skin-to-skin care and will be distributed to needy mothers of premature babies.
The Expo Care Zone will supports charity groups the Ubuntu Education Fund, Walmer Angel Projects, the Rhino Foundation and the SOS Children’s Village.
“We strive to create a foundation of unity, giving, love and support for local charities and encourage all visitors to donate even the smallest item or loving gesture to these inspirational and needy causes,” said event director Linda Harwood.
Charities in the Care Zone include:
- Zwide-based NGO the Ubuntu Education Fund has been working for 15 years to help raise Port Elizabeth’s orphaned and vulnerable children with their holistic approach to social development care.
- Glenda Brunette and the Walmer Angel Projects provide much- needed services to Walmer Township. They assist over 30 day-care crèche centres with practical needs, from delivering sandwiches to painting, gardening, wendy-house classrooms and toilets. Volunteers help to manage two soup kitchens, assist destitute families and lead the Shine Literacy Centre at a primary school.
- The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) will present an interactive puppet show educating children on the plight of the rhino, from 2-3pm on stage daily.
- The Port Elizabeth shoemaker with a big heart Little Slipper believes all children should have a pair of school shoes. So at just R99, generous expo visitors can buy a genuine leather pair for a child at SOS Children’s Village, (subsidised by Little Slipper) and they will match it by supplying an additional pair to a child in need at the village. This gift will be delivered with a personal message from the donor to the child.
Tickets to The Herald First Choice Kids & Baby Expo, available at the entrance, will be R40 for adults and R20 for kids and pensioners, with babies under 12 months attending free.
The all-day indoor action starts at 9am each day, and continues until 6pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday.
Remember to look out for the entry form in the Herald today and every Friday, including and up to October 7, to stand a chance of winning one of the wonderful family prizes valued at up to R72000.
Pre-registration is essential for the preemie baby symposium.