For the last five years we have hosted the ‘Christmas to Remember’ event, with the aim of bringing orphaned and vulnerable children the joy and happiness of Christmas celebrations. Children from nearby under-resourced communities between the ages of 2 and 18 are invited to campus for a day of fun and Christmas cheer.

This year the event took place on Saturday, 22 October, with over 300 children from surrounding communities coming along to have a great time at the carnival-themed Christmas spectacular. The children came from a variety of institutions, including Bethany house, Cradle of Hope, Oasis and St Laurence’s Children’s Haven.

The event was packed with fun activities including jumping castles, a skating rink, soccer, a variety of stalls and a stack of beautifully wrapped Christmas presents for the children. There was also a reading corner for those who preferred a bit of quiet. Most excitingly of all, the children received an early visit from Santa and Mrs Claus, with a little help from our Academic President, Prof. Alwyn Louw and his wife Annette Louw.

MSA has organised and hosted this important event since 2012, with many of our students and staff getting involved to make it truly special. This year, there were about 300 student volunteers who participated, along with more than 30 staff members who donated their time. 40 sponsors also contributed by sponsoring books, stationary, toys, food, Christmas decorations and entertainment.

The Foundation Programme took the lead on the event this year and aimed to make it the most festive celebration yet. The event expressed our maxim to embrace active, committed, co-operative and mutually beneficial interaction that advances good will with individuals, groups and entities in all sectors of society. By sharing our skills and time with the community, we aim to make meaningful connections and affect positive change in the world.