All smiles as Rushmere Noach celebrate Mandela Day with Reach for a Dream

JULY 18, 2016

The Directors at Rushmere Noach Attorneys celebrated ahead by inviting children to enjoy the magic of being a pirate or a princess for a day!  The event was also held to mark the firm’s commitment to the Reach for a Dream – Reach for Your Slippers campaign on August 5th   as a pledge to Mandela Day.

Children from Reach for a Dream joined staff at the Rushmere Noach premises for a very special 67 minutes Mandela Day celebration with members of the firm leading all the fun activities and games as a lead up to the Slippers fundraising event today, Friday the 15th of July. Delicious treats, a jumping castle and Pirate and Princess characters delighted the children aged 3 to 8 and each child got to dress up to feel like a princess and pirate for the day.

Games such as musical chairs, pass the parcel and a treasure hunt with prizes sparked giggles and laughs from the children. For the treasure hunt – prizes of princess dolls for the girls and pirate play sets for the boys provided much excitement.  Each child also got a special party pack; a ball to take home with balloons. 

Director, Liane Koorsse says that the humbling aspirations of the children really tugged at the firm’s heartstrings “For some, the dream is simply a trip to the Spur!!  It was clear that the small gesture of hosting a party and spending our time meant such a lot to the children; and in turn their smiles and excitement touched the hearts of the directors and staff. We are glad to have played a small part in creating a day filled with fun – where these children could be just be kids again.”

The children were accompanied by two fieldworkers from Reach for a Dream Foundation. “It is unbelievable to see how passionate they are; we were so touched.  They were truly amazing!”  said Liane.

“We will also be calling on all our clients and the community of Port Elizabeth to join us in supporting the Reach for a Dream Slippers Campaign in support of the non-profit organization, and thereby a pledge to Mandela Day.”

The Reach for a Dream Foundation’s aim is to inspire hope in the lives of children faced with the challenges of a life threatening illness and their annual ‘Reach for your Slippers’ Day is a great way to show your support for just R10.  Whilst tickets can be bought at a Wimpy, the proceeds of tickets  bought directly from Reach for a Dream Foundation- Port Elizabeth (180 Cape Road), will assist the local office to raise funds specifically for allocation in the Port Elizabeth area.  

“We at Rushmere Noach would like to encourage businesses and the community of Port Elizabeth to not only participate in the Slipper Day but also to ‘support local’ by purchasing their stickers from the Port Elizabeth branch of Reach for a Dream Foundation” said Liane. One can simply wear your slippers to work or school in a show of support and solidarity for the Reach for a Dream Foundation and for children with life threatening illnesses on Friday, 5 August 2016.

Nelson Mandela himself said, “Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their suffering”.  The funds and awareness raised through Slipper Day will help the non-profit put a smile on the face of a child.

Since 1988, the foundation has been assisting toddlers through to teens to combat the gravity of a serious disease by making dreams – from surprise birthday parties, to laptops, and shopping sprees – come true. These realised fantasies temporarily allow kids to return to their childhood and leave the pain, stress and anxiety related to their poor health behind.

After the inaugural drive raised R175 000 in KwaZulu-Natal in 2011, the team was so inspired by the great response that they expanded it nationwide. In 2012, the movement made over R1.3-million, and in 2014 a whopping R2.66-million was raised.

For more information on Reach for Your Slipper Day, contact the Reach for a Dream Foundation in Port Elizabeth on 041-3739705.

South African branch of the globally acclaimed Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Reach For A Dream Foundation is devoted to the same purpose made famous by its American counterpart: “fulfilling the dreams of children of any race, colour and creed between the ages of three and 18 faced with a life-threatening illness.”

Main image: Director, Nicole Deschamps and colleague Sunette Vosloo, preparing some of the wonderful gifts for the children.