GIVEFEST - GIFT's Festival of Giving - a delight for the whole community!05/10/21
GIFT celebrated its first Givefest event last Sunday - a festival of giving interspersed with carnival rides, inflatables, laser tag, assault course, a climbing wall, waffles, slushes and salads and live music to enhance the day.
The USP of this family fun day were the 'giving stations and workshops' where participants had the opportunity to give back to the community. There was an ADOT & GIFT partnership stall where participants were invited to make homeless packs; tissue paper poppies for care homes, GIFT’s Giving Kitchen initiative making vacuum-packed soup packets for families supported by GIFT and Give.help.share, who ran a stall packing healthy snacks for disadvantaged school children.
Hourly giving shows/skill workshops run by GIFT’s dynamic R. Avrohom Zeidman included learning basic CPR, learning balloon modelling, drum jamming sessions and storybook reading. The day was an incredible success with over 500 attendees and tickets selling out before the start of the event.
Mother of 6 Suzie Rinkoff told us ‘I can’t even begin to tell you how fantastic Givefest was. Loved by the whole family.’ Vanessa Aaron said ‘ There’s nowhere else I would rather be, supporting such an incredible cause. My husband and boys have volunteered with GIFT for years. It’s amazing to have an event where you can give back and teach your children to be so grateful for what they have. We all had an amazing time, there were lots of thrilling fast- paced outdoor action-packed activities like bungee jumping, rock climbing and laser quest, not forgetting all the indoor stalls imparting good values of sharing and caring from a young age for those in our community.’
Sandor Milun, GIFT’s Managing Director told us ‘Givefest was a resounding success, so many amazing volunteers stepped up and got involved. The feedback was so positive and we were delighted with the result. We want to thanks Dental Wellness Trust for donating dental products for the homeless packs, all the incredible volunteers who ran the stalls and did hair braiding and face painting, Oliviana Events for the superb photobooth and Yoni & Danny Shine for providing incredible live music. Looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year. ‘
H Jackson Brown Jr.