THE GO! & Express called up some popular East Londoners wanting to know what they would like in their Christmas stocking this year, or more importantly, what their wish for Christmas was.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Personally I’d love some more time to read and crochet, but more importantly I’d like people to have more respect and tolerance for others with disabilities, especially for children with autism and their families” – Antoinette Alexander, regional development officer for Autism South Africa and founder of non-profit organisation Autism Sinethemba.
“I’d like for everyone to support local first! I’d like government to realise the importance and the role that local business plays in each city, not just ours, and more importantly I’d like us to all work towards a common goal of making Buffalo City great again!” – Megan Devon, founder of the Local Yokel Project.
“I would really like to have another Waves for Change [helping troubled/needy kids through water sport like surfing] site in East London so that we can help more kids through our Surf Therapy programme” – JD van der Walt, East London Waves for Change site manager.
“I would love for every stray animal to find a home or at least a meal on Christmas day … waking up on a tropical island wouldn’t be too bad either” – Deryn Vogel, managing director/owner of Dee M Fashion Promotions Model Agency.
“In this tough economic and disastrous reading climate, both of which retard our true potential, I wish to make our children, parents and government rich with ambition to work hard to generate the knowledge, skills and values to be productive citizens, upholding values of care, compassion and democracy and a vision and desire of growth, prosperity and sustainability for all” – Hilton Williams, Small Projects Foundation project head and former George Randell Primary School principal.
“I would love a 10-bedded paediatric burns unit and an expanded and modernised paediatric surgery ward that can accommodate 40 children at Frere Hospital!” – Dr Milind Chitnis, paediatric surgeon.