“There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can become aware of that gift, we gain through the strength of our visions the power to shape the future.”
Couples who have been living together for many years before their wedding or who are entering their second marriages have all the kitchen and household equipment they could want. In these situations and in the spirit of what is green asking gifts to donate to a charity of your choice is a great and eco idea. It is always advisable, however to explore, relate and understand the charity that you choose. Magical Moments is a non-profit organisation that I love. I had the pleasure of joining Ilana and Bianca of Magical Moments in December last year, where they enlisted the help of volunteers to scrapbook a page and photograph of each child and their magical moments. As I arrived I was immediately given a crown, some glitter for my cheeks and a choice of envelopes. Initially I felt rather silly in a room of women I had never met, all wearing crowns and glitter but soon realised that this charity was about making a moment magical. Everyone was there for the same reason, to capture a child’s magical moment in a memory of hearts, stars and wishes. Glitter and crowns were therefore imperative to help you really feel how that little girl’s life had changed for that day.
The children in these photographs had broad smiles across their faces, princess dresses, crowns, glitter and cupcakes. All the things that we take for granted. I chose to advise you on this charity, because similarly a wedding is a day of smiles, princess dresses, crowns, glitter and cupcakes. If you could enrich one little girls life for one day, to give her the moment that you are about to have, you would have put a smile on an angels face.
8 August 2009
To Magical Moments
Dearest Ilana and the Magical Moments
I am so excited to say to you that you are so wonderful. Thank you so much for what you are doing in our lives. When I see my self in the photo album, I don't know how I can express my Joy. The blankets you gave to the children in my sanctuary brought warmth to the children. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The photos created a memory that will last forever. On behalf of every child in my Sanctuary I thank you. I appreciate your generosity and your love. I promise to extend this love you've shown me to nations.
I will always love you.
With lots of love.
Magical Moments, a registered, non-profit charitable organisation “Proudly created, with love in
reaches out to abused, abandoned, disadvantaged, impoverished, neglected,
orphaned, underprivileged and vulnerable children in the greater region, of all
cultures, race and religion – “rainbow children”. Johannesburg
Most of these children come from severely financially disadvantaged backgrounds and many experience extreme trauma and difficulty through poverty, neglect, abuse and being orphaned or abandoned. We give the children a chance to escape from the world that they come from and live in – a chance to play, to laugh, to have fun, to indulge, to celebrate, to be children and for a magical moment, to forget.
Since March 2004, we have touched the lives of over 22 000 children through enchanting excursions, tantalizing treats and astonishing activities, focusing predominantly on children aged 2 to 12 years of age.
OUR MAGICAL CHILDREN
We bring magic to various organisations, some that may not be registered, do not receive any funding and who do not have a network of support. Many of the day care centres, crèches or places of safety are situated in the back rooms of someone’s home or in shacks in squatter camps. We have treated toddlers living in a prison, incarcerated with their mothers or who live on a dumping site.
There are children living in the most dire circumstances and environments, left to fend for themselves, exposed to alcoholism, sexual and drug abuse, neglect, ignorance, poverty, illiteracy, apathy and other social ills. These are children “living with life threatening diseases” – forsaken. These children are also deserving of dreams and wishes. “Just because you live in the gutter, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look up at the stars”.
SHINING STAR FOUNDATION
, a 10
year old girl from Hillbrow, we established an initiative called Shining Star
Foundation. This is an education scholarship for a child under the age of 12
who shines brightly. Our first beneficiary is Salem who commenced high school in 2010 at
the age of 11 years. We will assist with her school fees, uniform, stationery
and school requirements providing that she honours her commitment to the
scholarship criteria of achieving 80% in all subjects at school. Donations
towards this initiative will go towards uplifting future bright stars. Salem
HOW YOU CAN ADD MAGIC
- Funding for basic administration costs in order to continue operating the organisation. There are insufficient funds to pay stipends or salaries.
- Financial donations to fulfil wishes, treats and outings.
- Assistance in creating awareness about Magical Moments.
- Sponsorship of Marketing/PR initiatives e.g. branding, newsletter/email design and via community and mainstream media.
- Sponsor a Magical Moment event as part of your CSI/Pay it Forward gesture.
- Sponsorship of outings by suppliers of venues, child appropriate environments and entertainers i.e. party venues, activity centres, theatres, restaurants, face painting artists, jumping castles, movies, magicians, transport etc.
- Sponsorship of child appropriate gifts i.e. crayons, pencils, colouring books, blowing bubbles, balls, toys, puzzles, books etc.
- Donation for or sponsorship of T-shirts branded with Magical Moments for children and worn as uniforms for fairies.
HELP FILL THE COOKIE JAR - MAKE A DONATION
BANK STANDARD BANK
BRANCH CODE 018105
TYPE OF ACCOUNT SAVINGS
ACCOUNT HOLDER MAGICAL MOMENTS
ACCOUNT NUMBER 407 600 876
SWIFT NUMBER SBZA ZA JJ
FOR THE RECORD
Magical Moments is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation N.P.O. 051-318 and Public Benefit Organisation P.B.O. 930 026 251. Donations are exempt from tax according to Section 18A of the Income Tax Act 1962. The organisation is audited and Financial Statements are submitted annually to the Department of Social Development.
We endeavour to make a difference in the lives of the special children whose lives we touch – creating childhood memories, making children’s wishes come true – enriching their spirit with hope, love and joy – “A Celebration of the Niceties in Life”.
T : 083 324 0320
F: 086 671 3562
Registered as a Non-Profit Organisation – N.P.O. 051-318
Public Benefit Organisation P.B.O. 930 026 251
“Celebrating the niceties in life and not only the necessities”
For further information and a visual insight into Magical Moments, please take a stroll and browse through our website www.magicalmoments.co.za to share in the magic that we create or contact Fairy godmother & Chief Operating Fairy, Ilana Friedman on firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 324 0320.
With love, hugs and kisses and magical wishes.