Alungile had her dream granted by the ‘Reach for a Dream’ foundation after she endured months of treatment, she got a Barbie mansion as well as ice cream.
Bloemfontein, South Africa – Since 1988, the Reach for A Dream Foundation has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children and their families by offering a child a magical moment to regain their childhood that is being lost to a life-threatening illness.
In 30 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation has brought hope to over 60 000 life-threatened children across South Africa. The Foundation discovered an interesting fact about life-threatening illnesses – a more significant percentage of children survive than adults.
The Foundation works to fulfil the dreams of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are living with life-threatening illnesses. The dream team uses the special day to help the children regain some of their childhoods, which mostly consists of medical routines and being cautious.
“We believe in the power of dreams and we encourage children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses. We seek, as far as possible, to make dreams come true and our donors and sponsors make this happen.” – Reach for a Dream
Whatever the dream, no matter how big or small, it often gives the child hope and courage to carry on the fight. The fulfilment of these dreams inspires confidence and courage in the dreamer and helps them believe that tomorrow is worth fighting for.
Alungile (7) a dreamer from Bloemfontein loves everything pink, and her biggest dream was to have her very own doll’s house with barbies. The foundation arranged a magical day for her, including her very own ice cream bar.
“When she arrived at Villa Bali we helped her unveil her special gift and she couldn’t believe her eyes. Since beginning treatment, she only wants to eat ice-cream so the wonderful staff prepared her very own ‘build your own Sundae bar’. Thank you to the Witherow Trust for believing in the power of dreams”