We had the most amazing morning with the residents of John Dunn Home in Wentworth.

Our children and residents have developed quite a special bond.

We are made to feel so welcome there and we love to visit them.

This is how our day progressed………

  • Board the bus all dressed in the red t-shirts and black shorts that we use for excursions.
  • Arrive safely at John Dunn – thanks to Mandla’s EXCELLENT driving and the sponsored bus from South Coast Bus Services
  • Give the residents chocolate cake with their tea. The children had finger biscuits – a donation from SPAR
  • Open the program with a sing-a-long medley with piano, guitar, bells and tambourines!

When the Saints go Marching in, It’s a long way to Tipperary, Pack all your troubles in your old kit bag, When Irish Eyes are Smiling and When the Saints go Marching in

  • YELLOW BUTTERFIES – perform 7 items – a selection of songs, rhymes and poems
  • “Hallelujah” – solo by Robert Lukan playing guitar
  • YELLOW BEES – perform 7 items – again a selection of songs, rhymes and poems.
  • Some had been dedicated to Mothers or Fathers for Mother’s and Father’s Day respectively. They even recited a poem dedicated to grandparents with really beautiful and meaningful words.
  • “What a Wonderful World” – solo by Robert Lukan accompanied on the piano by Theresa
  • YELLOW BIRDS – perform 7 items – again a selection of nursery rhymes, poems and song including You Raise Me up – acapella
  • Present each resident with gift packs – 1 edible treat and the other toiletries.
  • Another rendition of the medley and we thought we were finished but…..
  • 1 dear resident got up and sang 2 songs – 1 in isiZulu which the children loved.
  • Another resident took over the piano and some of the Makabongwe teachers and students sang choruses and songs spontaneously.
  • To end the morning officially the learners gave the residents lots of hugs – we are great huggers at Makabongwe.

It was a magic morning all round.

There’s something special about little people and older people and an invisible bond that exists even though they have never met before.

We have been invited back again in November to perform our Christmas Concert.

Now to come up with a new program and start practicing……

Setting up and sound checks
The residents of John Dunn and the Grade R makabongwe children ready to perform.
Sing along time!
Time for presies sand hug

The end of a wonderful morning of singing, poems, rhymes, sharing and lots of hugs – Happy days at John Dunn – until we meet again.

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