The Grand Palm hosts a day to remember
25 May 2011
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The Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Conference Resort has accommodated a number of high profiled events and played host to very important international performers and artists in the past but nothing as extraordinary as its latest hospitality. The resort opened its doors to Moshaneng Village, gran of 24 orphaned grandchildren, for a day not easily forgotten.
The 78 year old, Mma Kaelebale Satlhaga and her grandchildren were welcomed with open arms and treated like royalty as tables were laden with sumptuous food and entertainment came in all shapes and sizes. Mma Satlhaga’s eight children died of HIV/Aids related illnesses and left her to look after the 24 grandchildren. Their ages range from two to 28, with the older ones looking after the smaller ones. She struggles daily to provide for them with food but says it is by the grace of God that they continue to survive. Her plight got The Grand Palms attention when The Voice newspaper featured Mma Satlhaga in an article.
The Grand Palm Marketing Manager Charne Christensen says the luncheon was in honour of Mma Satlhaga and the exceptional work that she is doing for her family. “We wanted to give her a day to forget about where the next meal is coming from. It is so important to recognise strong women in our communities and treat them like queens, even if it is just for a few hours,” says Christensen. The resort hired two bus coaches to collect and return the family to their village which is about 40km away. On their arrival they were greeted by a full buffet, including desserts and cold drinks and were given hampers with fruit, chocolates, fruit juice and lollies. Face painters, a jumping castle, Henry the entertainer and Eceny Edwin the Magician was the entertainment for the day.
General Managers from the Walmont hotel and Metcourt Inn hotel Greg and Ted Soutter were also present to make sure nothing spoiled this family day. Other sponsors also came on board and offered to make the family’s day extra special by donating goods. “Live to Ride” Botswana surprised the children by arriving on motorcycles and gave each child the opportunity to sit on the bikes. The bikers brought 25 blankets which they handed out to each family member and handed over P1800 to Mma Satlhaga to buy groceries. Game Discount World sponsored P1000 in gifts for members of the family and Global Holdings sponsored cold drinks and chocolates. Same Sizibe, from the Lady Khama Charitable trust fund purchased shoes for the children.
“Our reward was seeing all the smiles and the relief on Mma Satlhaga’s face. The Grand Palm is happy to have been a small part of their history and we hope that one day when they think back to this day, it will brighten up their spirits once more,” says Christensen.