It can sometimes be quite tough thinking up different things to entertain little ones in the school holidays, especially activities the parents enjoy too. A mum from Elijah’s school sent out a message asking who would like to join them at a pizza making morning. It sounded like fun. Who doesn’t like pizza after all! When I saw that it was being organized by The Chaeli Campaign I was even more keen and signed Elijah and I right up. I remember watching Chaeli as a young girl being interviewed on television about this campaign her and a few of her friends had started. Her courage impressed me so much that I still can remember the interview some fourteen years later. And I was so happy that Elijah and I got to meet her and I could tell her how much I admired what she has already accomplished in her short life.
So off we went to meet up with a few of Elijah’s school friends and a few new friends for a morning of fun. Elijah loves pizza and was really excited to make his own from scratch. The organizers were so sweet and caring to the children. They also got to paint on an apron and got to take that home as a memento of the day as well as some take away pizza! I must say it was really delicious and I am hoping they will part with their tomato sauce recipe!
What I most loved about this outing was that the proceeds went to this fabulous cause. It is amazing to see what started out as Chaeli and her friends raising money for Chaeli’s motorized wheelchair has become.
Here is a little bit about the campaign.
“The Chaeli Campaign was founded on 6 August 2004 by five girls between the ages of 6 and 12. Chaeli Mycroft, her sister (Erin) and lifelong friends, the Terry sisters (Tarryn, Justine and Chelsea) started The Chaeli Campaign to raise R20 000 for Chaeli’s motorised wheelchair. They managed to do this in 7 weeks by selling cards with Erin & Chaeli’s artwork on them and Sunshine Pots (DIY miniature pot plants).
Although Chaeli is the face of The Chaeli Campaign the spirit on which this organisation is based is the teamwork that exists amongst the five founding members.
Our Vision is to mobilise the minds and bodies of children with disabilities and to normalise society through advocacy and education programmes and events.”
This amazing young woman plans to ride a horse for five days next week to raise money for children with disabilities. I am wishing her all the best. With her determination I am sure she will do it with flying colours. You can read about it here.