It was a glorious summer day for Thuso’s annual garden party in Walthamstow on Sunday 22 June. More than 100 supporters came together to fundraise for children in South Africa. The party, which was generously hosted once again by Gerard and Naima Omasta-Milsom, was a resounding success and raised a record-breaking £1,167 for the charity’s ongoing projects.
Chair Mmapula Tladi-Small told the gathering about the 50 children at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School sponsored by Thuso supporters, as well as the charity’s feeding programme, which provides lunch for 600 children and food parcels for 350 at weekends. Ms Tladi-Small also outlined Thuso’s work with Limpopo primary school, including a new project to provide solar lamps for pupils.
The party was also addressed by Xolani Xala, head of the London branch of the African National Congress. Mr Xala thanked everyone present for the ongoing support given to children in South Africa, paying tribute to all those who had played a role in the Anti-Apartheid movement.
Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP for London, and Councillor Richard Sweden, Acting Mayor of Waltham Forest, also came to show their support. Entertainment was provided by the young, energetic steel band Nostalgia, as guests enjoyed home-cooked food in the garden.
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