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A special Christmas outing!

18 Dec 2013

Last Wednesday, to wrap up the year for our children and to share in the Xmas cheer, we took the kids on an action packed day out!

The day started with an outing to the Cheetah Outreach Program. Formally housed at Spier, the Cheetah Outreach Program has relocated to their new home in Somerset West @ Paardevlei. As we arrived we were met by the very kind and friendly staff, and the children got a tour of the park - being introduced to the various small animals including a very nimble 3-legged Jackal & Sebastian and Minki the Meerkats. The children were then introduced to Turkish Shepard dogs that the Cheetah Outreach Program breed and give to farmers to use to protect their herds as a way of minimizing livestock/predator interactions.

Christmas day out with Songo

Next, was the much anticipated Cheetah encounters where the children got the opportunity to get up close and stroke the cheetahs! While there was a buzz of nervous excitement – the wide smiles of the children when they left the enclosures was enough proof of what a magical experience it was.

Christmas day out with Songo

Next up, was the Christmas party picnic where the kids were treated to hotdogs and delicious goodies with our very own Santa dropping in to hand out the Christmas presents.

Songo Christmas presents

With full tummies and massive sugar highs, we headed off on the second part of the day’s adventure – a visit to The Zip Zap circus school. Here the children got to try their hand at all the crazy and fun activities the circus is famous for – from trapeze to tightrope walking, juggling and trampolining, the kids tackled each activity enthusiastically and with great focus. The 2hr workshop went by in a blur with it ending off by the kids showing their team working skills by making their very own human pyramid!

Songo kids at the Zip Zap circus school

No party is complete without a serving of ice cream, so the final stop before heading home was to recharge the sugar levels with the necessary treat!

No party is complete without a serving of ice cream

A huge thank you to all that made this special Christmas outing possible:

  • Heinz Posch - for your generous donation ensuring that we could really spoil the children.
  • Reeds – having the Opel Vivaro definitely makes attending races and special outings so much easier and safer for the children.
  • Zee Ismail & Protea Breakwater Lodge for dropping in and surprising us with Santa Gingerbread men for all the kids.
  • Nic Lamond (AKA Santa), Cherise Stander, Annemie Kruger and Songo – for making the day so special!

Christmas day out with Songo

We wish all our friends and supporters a safe and happy festive season with your loved ones.  Thank you for your continued support and may you have a merry Christmas, with wishes for a happy and successful New Year ahead!

The Team