Hope's Grand Beach Party saw 120 vulnerable children from Moa Wharf, Mahanaim House, Helpful Hands, Mama Mayila's Cradle and Hamilton community converge on the beach for Hope's party to welcome in the new year and giving the kids - some of the most disadvantaged in Sierra Leone - a day to remember.
Playing out against the beautiful backdrop of Sugar Loaf and Hamilton cove an afternoon of sports, eatng and dance - overseen by Sports Director, master of ceremonies and Ref for the Day, Uncle Sol - kicks off with the National Anthem handshake and a win for team Mahanaim kids of the handball.
Moa Wharf crush the opposition in five-a-side soccer, swimming and the 100 metre spint while teams Cradle and Helpful Hands win not one but three tug-o-war hands down!
Energy supplied in abundance by a few of the kids favourite things - Jolloff rice and chicken, cheeseballs and lollipops and all washed down with lashings of gingerbeer. And koolaid - at least now we know what the kids have been drinking!
Kids at play, larking about in the sand, who can tell whether they're from one of the toughest slum communities in the world, or from one of the few orphanages dedicated to disabled kids or from our own Cradle? For some, like Numu from Sanda Magbolontor and the Mahanaim kids, it's the first time of seeing the sea. But whatever station these kids are having fun and feeling special, just as they should, every day not just once a year.
So, thank you Uncles Joe and Aiah, Helpful Hands, Aunty Mel, Mahanaim House, Mr Bangura, Moa Wharf for joining with the Hope team and lots of added Hamilton help (and children) and all thanks to the kind donors to our Christmas Angel Tree Fund.
Our honoured guests 120 vulnerable children, VIPs for the day and their care-givers take their leave but everyone has such tremendous fun Mama Mayila says we'll see what we can do to make it a regular event.
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