St Joseph’s Home for chronically ill children in Montana, Cape Town was filled with smiles, laughter and joy when Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev)’s staff treated the children to a festive season celebration on Friday last week. Photo: Craig Wilson.

There were many smiles of delight, singing and dancing as 120 chronically ill children from St Joseph’s in Montana, Cape Town celebrated at a special Christmas party with staff from PenBev (the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape).

The children dressed up in their favourite outfits for the Christmas Party which included a Pageant Show attended by St Joseph’s and PenBev staff. Every child was cheered on by the crowd as they paraded across the stage, glowing with confidence and pride. Then they received a goodie bag of party treats and a Just Juice to quench their thirst. Children from the occupational therapy unit entertained everyone with a rendition of Jingle Bells as ice cold refreshments were served. The party ended on a high note when everyone received an individually purchased and wrapped Christmas present from PenBev staff.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds with life threatening or limiting illnesses are referred to St Joseph’s from State Hospitals to continue their care and rehabilitation programme. Prevalent illnesses include HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, respiratory, heart-lung-kidney failures, congenital abnormalities and neurological impairments. Most children remain at St Joseph’s for three to six months, or in special cases for a year while they undergo treatment.

St Joseph’s, which is located close to the PenBev plant in Parow, was chosen as their annual Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Christmas party project. “We are so thankful to have been able to share some festive season joy with these children who face many challenges in their daily lives,” says Denise Behrens, Corporate Communication Manager at PenBev. “It has been fantastic to work with the staff at St Joseph’s to make this a party for the children to remember.”

Thea Patterson, Director at St Joseph’s says, “We believe that every child deserves a chance at childhood and so we are thankful to PenBev for giving our children a fun-filled Christmas Party to remember – a day when each child feels special and loved.”

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.