By Patrick O’Brien on May 27, 2008

For the second year running now I have, with the help of the staff members and guests at Kings Camp, given the children of the staff members a Christmas party.

the staff spent the festive season with their parents at the lodge. Most of the staff at Kings Camp resides in neighbouring villages but due to the remoteness of the camp, they live on the premises during working shifts. It is during their off days that they head back home to their villages. During this time, the children stay at home to go to school but visit the lodge over the Christmas period.

Most of these children live in rural areas with very little if any basic resources like electricity and running water. Most of them have never had a Birthday or Christmas Party in their lives. My heart goes out to these Kids and it was in 2006 that I decided to initiate the annual party. I purchased a selection of sweets, crisps, popcorn and cool drinks. Past guest, Lorna Mafata who visited the camp during 2007 very generously sent a huge parcel of books,pencils, toys and hundreds of goodies children would love.

The chefs contributed by baking cup cakes and Mirriam was made chief in charge of the party planning. Thomas Mhlaba was given the DJ duty of playing music with a real african theme.

The party was a great success with all the kids having a wonderful party to remember. To see the faces of the children light up with absolute joy is a picture I will savour forever. As they say, a child is innocent. It easily happens that one forgets about others during the festive season. Often we are so caught up in our own world that we forget that the basic things that we are surrounded with are taken for granted.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following people,

Lorna and Pisto Mafata – Guest 2007
Daniella Csar – AST Reisen
Julia and Rembert – Guests 2007
Melinda van Staden – Chef Kings Camp
Merriam Mkhatshwa – laundry supervisor.
Rachel and friends- Guests 2007
Party By Patrick O'Brien Head Giude
Party By Patrick O'Brien Head Giude
Party By Patrick O'Brien
Party By Patrick O'Brien Head Giude
Party By Patrick O'Brien Head Giude
Party By Patrick O'Brien Head Giude
Party By Patrick O'Brien Head Giude


  1. Wow Patrick! I am blown away by this initiative. I think it is a wonderful idea, and I hope you will pull off a similar party again at the end of this year. Hopefully the weblog will help generate interest amongst the subscribers and a few more donations. Keep up the good work…

  2. God willing, if we get back to KC in May 2009, I’m bringing goodies!!!!! Joy in Camarillo, CA

  3. You are doing Gandhi proud-"Be the change you want to see in the world…"

    Its a pleasure working with you on this and I look forward to a bigger 2008 bash!

  4. Patrick,

    What a wonderful way to share the spirit of the season! John and Todd told me you were planning a party, but I was so thrilled that you wrote about it and included the photos. I hope I cna participate in some small way if you choose to make this an annual event. All my best, Kathy

  5. Hi patrick, i loved it when we were all on the drives! i would love to come back some day!

    Frome Megan x

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