RAYS OF SUNSHINE

 

A NEW SUNSRISE, 2020

OUR FOUNDATION BEGAN AS A SIMPLE SANDWICH PROJECT, AIMING TO FEED AS MANY HUNGRY LITTLE TUMMIES AS WE COULD DURING THE HEIGHT OF SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST LOCKDOWN.  IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT WE KNEW OUR "SIMPLE PROJECT" MUST GROW ARMS AND LEGS, LEADING TO THE FORMATION OF THE DARCEY SUNSHINE FOUNDATION IN MEMORY OF DARCEY ELIZABETH SUNSHINE DOIG

 
 

LITTLE SMARITES 2021

IN JANUARY 2021, A BEAUTIFUL COLLABORATION WITH DR BRYONY MAY AND TEAM FROM "TOGETHER AGAINST COVID" LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STREET EDUCATION PROJECT, NOW KNOWN AS "LITTLE SMARTIES".  WHILST OUR INVOLVEMENT ON THE GROUND HAS DIMINISHED WITH THE EXPANSION OF OUR SWIM PROJECT, WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS INCREDIBLE INITIATIVE WITH CHRISTMAS GIFTS EACH YEAR AND INVOLVEMENT IN VARIOUS HOLIDAY PROJECTS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ALSO BRINGING PRACTICAL WATER SAFETY TO THIS SPECIAL INITIATIVE.

 
 

THE SUNSHINE SWIM PROJECT IS BORN

IN COLLABORATION WITH DARCEY'S SWIMMING TEACHER, JO-ANNE GROBLER, OUR SWIM PROJECT SAW ITS FIRST CHILDREN JUMP IN THE POOL IN FEBRUARY 2021.  INITIALLY IN A 12 WEEK PROGRAMME WHICH HAS EXPANDED TO A YEAR OF SWIMMING LESSONS FOR EACH GRADE R WE WORK WITH.  WE HOPE BY REMOVING FINANCIAL BARRIERS TO WATER SAFETY EDUCATION, WE CAN PREVENT MORE PARENTS SUFFERING THE HORROR WE HAVE.

 
 

END OF YEAR BEACH DAY 2021

TO END OUR YEAR OF WATER SAFETY EDUCATION WE TOOK ALL THE SUNSHINE KIDS TO THE BEACH.  TEAMING UP WITH STRAND LIFESAVERS, WE TAUGHT THEM BEACH SAFETY, WHERE TO SWIM/PLAY, HOW TO SPOT A RIP AND WHAT TO DO SHOULD THEY FEEL THEMSELVES BEING PULLED OUT INTO THE WATER. THE LIFESAVERS EVEN PERFORMED A DEMO FOR THE CHILDREN, ALLOWING ONE CHILD THE CHANDE TO HELP WITH CPR.  WE FINISHED WITH A TREASURE HUNT AND BOERIE ROLLS, A DAY NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET!!

 
 

BOXES OF SUNSHINE 2021

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CAN BE FELT IN EVERY PHOTO HERE.  THIS YEAR WE INTRODUCED OUR FIRST "BOXES OF SUNSHINE" CHRISTMAS DRIVE.  EVERY CHILD TOUCHED BY THE DARCEY SUNSHINE FOUNDATION IN 2021 RECEIVED A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS BOX FILLED WITH CLOTHING, EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES, HYGIENE PRODUCTS, TOYS AND LOVE.  CHRISTMAS ELVES FROM ALL OVER SOUTH AFRICA SIGNED UP TO FILL A BOX FOR A SUNSHINE KID THIS YEAR AND THE SMILES IN THE PHOTOS REALLY SAY IT ALL!!!

 
 

SUNSHINE SWIMMERS 2022

A SMALL GLIMSE OF SOME OF THE SMILES CREATED SO FAR IN 2022.  WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW THESE LITTLE SWIMMERS PROGRESS THIS YEAR, BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE POOL!