New Vision (Kampala)

17 December 2012

Uganda: Kids Live Their Dreams At Xmas Party

Bouncing castles, inflatable mount-and-slide air bags, face-painting tables and a stage with non-stop entertainment action. Children modeling, engaging in dancing competitions, singing and dancing along to the sounds of dancehall maestro Coco Finger.

Those are just a few of the play-things and play activities enjoyed by the several thousand children who turned up for the Green Christmas Party at Kololo Airstrip last Sunday.

Organized by 'My Kid Is a Superstar' children's foundation, and sponsored by Toto Magazine (the children's weekly magazine published in New Vision every Wednesday), the party which started at 10am was already simmering with action by mid-day, and as the afternoon set in it climbed to cloud nine.

The theme of the party was getting children to understand the necessity of keeping Uganda green by planting trees, and as thousands of children turned up either dressed in green or painted in green colours, it was evident the message was sinking home.

At the end of the day each child left with a tree provided by the National Forestry Authority, to go home and plant the tree and thereby begin the practice of planting trees, and seeing the children with their trees it was evident that some good climate work was being done for the nation by the event's organizer Joseph Masembe.

The children also had a chance to meet Toto magazine editor, Auntie Jovita, who pitched in a Toto-branded tent gave them more than five thousand free copies of the magazine editions published this year.

Aunt Jovita also gave each child who visited her tent an autographed Christmas card, let alone speaking to the children about what they want her to publish for them next year.

And then the biggest highlight of the day was the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, stopping by the party to wish the children a merry Christmas and a happy new year, as well as to encourage them to plant trees and behave well.

The presidential helicopter happened to land at the tarmacked side of the airstrip at around 4pm, when children began singing his name asking him to greet them, and the Head of State had no choice but to grant the demand of the little ones -amid cheers and ululations as most of the children were seeing him at close range for the first time in their lives.

The organisers, Joseph Masembe of 'My Kid Is A Superstar' and Aunti Jovita, promised to organize more such meaningful-themed yet fun-filled parties for children in the future.

Children participate in sack-race during the Toto magazine sponsored Green Christmas Party.

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