The festive season will kick off earlier this year for the children from Mother of Peace North Riding Foster Home in Johannesburg with the Energizer Making Smiles Last Longer Campaign.

Mother of Peace is a non-profit sanctuary and foster home for HIV affected and abandoned children in North Riding, Gauteng; Illovo, KwaZulu Natal; and Zimbabwe, collectively caring for almost 230 orphans. In addition, they continue to support and supervise the care of over 100 children, who have been re-integrated into their extended families.

Mother of Peace North Riding is the smallest of the three foster homes and is run by a group of volunteers who care for 20 children between the ages of six and 19 years.  All these children come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds, some having experienced physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

The youngsters at Mother of Peace North Riding will experience the festive cheer this year thanks to Energizer, makers of the world’s longest lasting AAA and AA batteries, who will be working hard to also make smiles last longer this festive season by aiming to collect at least 20 gifts for these children.

“The children’s home receives no financial assistance from government and has no major sponsors that fulfil its financial commitment to caring for these children, says Rashmi Vadivelu, Brand Manager, Energizer South Africa. “We are privileged to be able to assist Mother of Peace with the amazing work it is doing by sharing the festive spirit in this community.”

Northgate Shoppers can assist by collecting a gift bag from the Energizer stand that will be located at the Pick n Pay Court close to Entrance 2 at the Northgate Shopping Centre from 14 to 17 November 2013 and are encouraged to fill the bag with the gifts listed on the children’s wish list, included in the bag.

The team will then host a party for the children at Mother of Peace where these gifts, smiles and the spirit of the festive season will be shared.

“By sharing our positive energy, together we can make the world a better place with brighter smiles,” says Vadivelu.

The Making Smiles Last Longer campaign forms part of Energizer’s That’s Positivenergy™ campaign, which was brought to life in South Africa by offering great opportunities to all South Africans to participate in activities geared towards making a difference, while standing a chance to win terrific prizes.

Now that’s Positivenergy!

For more information about Energizer and its That’s Positivenergy activities, please visit the website at