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Spreading Smiles – Our Visit to a Kids’ Cancer Org in Semarang

by | Mar 16, 2023

On February 11th, 2022, VAFE conducted a charity event at a cancer organisation for kids named Yayasan Kasih Anak Kanker Indonesia (YKAKI) in Semarang, Indonesia. It was a day that will forever be fetched in our memory. It feels so wonderful that we had the privilege of participating in an extraordinary event.

We arrived at the organisation’s entrance to find a group of children eagerly waiting for us. The weather was not friendly at all. It was raining and felt so cold. We feared the kids would become discouraged. But we were all wrong! at all.

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The joy in their eyes was infectious, and we couldn’t help but feel a lump in our throats. These children were going through so much, yet they greeted us with open hearts and wide smiles.

As we entered the building, we were greeted by the staff members, who showed us around the facility and introduced the officers in charge. We were amazed by the level of care and support provided by the organisation. They were dedicated to making a difference in these children’s lives.

We then began the event, which was filled with laughter and joy. We had arranged various activities, such as games, painting, and storytelling, which the children eagerly participated in. The room was filled with children’s laughter and the occasional gasp of surprise.

Charity events - make a paper plane

As we watched the children, we couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe. They faced challenges that no child should have to face, yet they could still find joy in simple things like making an aeroplane or ship from paper or just listening to the story we read. It was a humbling experience, and we felt grateful for the opportunity to participate.

Towards the end of the event, we arranged a small performance for the children. We had prepared a tree, and the children joined us in hanging their paper crafts on the tree.

We aim that by seeing the tree, the children could remember happy memories with us and gave them hope that they could be happy again one day, and many blessings were waiting for them in the future. It was a beautiful moment, and tears filled our eyes as we saw the happiness on their faces.

As we said our goodbyes, we hugged each child and gave them small and big gifts for the organisation. It was a small gesture, but we could see the gratitude in their eyes. They had touched our hearts in a way that we couldn’t explain, and we knew that this event had significantly impacted both the children and ourselves.

In conclusion, the charity event held at the cancer organisation for kids in Semarang was an unforgettable experience. It was a day filled with love, laughter, and joy, and we felt grateful for the opportunity to participate in it. We hope our small contribution can make a difference in these children’s lives and inspire others to do the same.