On 20 May, Cabrini Ministries hosted our 3rd annual Family Day for Guardians and students in our Family Services, Education and Childcare departments. This year we hosted around 200 guardians, students and staff. We have these events each year to provide a safe and non-threatening atmosphere for families to just “be” together. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that families can enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about the stresses of life.
Sharon Singleton, our childcare manager, said “I loved the atmosphere of the day. The parents were like kids totally enjoying themselves.” And if you look closely at the pictures you can see just that, parents and children both enjoying themselves like a kid would!
This year we had 7 game stations that families rotated through after receiving a free TB screening. Some of the highlights of the games were sack races, traditional Swazi games, egg and spoon race, musical chairs, pin the tail on the donkey and other silly and fun games. Everyone was a winner, leaving with handfuls of sweets!
Simo Mamba, Education Manager for Cabrini Ministries, had this to say about the day. “Family is not always about relatives, but the people in your life who want you in theirs and accept you for who you are. The Family Day event that Cabrini Ministries held last month made some of us to realize that the Family Day celebration is not only for blood related people, but also for those who have a common goal. Seeing a number of mothers and fathers playing and eating with children they are not related to reflects our common goal of raising a good future of leaders. A child belongs to a community, not just individual parents.”
After a couple hours of games and recreation, each participant was given a small fruit snack and then headed into the conference room for the informational portion of the day. We were privileged to have Sr. Barbara Staley, General Superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and Sister Diane DalleMolle, Regional Superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, in attendance. Our guest speakers this year were from our Healthcare department. They spoke on TB education and the importance of immunization in children.
At the end of the day, the families gathered outside to enjoy a nice meal together. It was another wonderful Family Day Event!