Gift me a Smile this Christmas

This fundraiser is driven in actioning certain lessons about teaching young men compassion, kindness and empathy as a form of masculinity for building a better violence free world. It’s also a reflection to give out to others even as we celebrate Christmas or engage in Christmas festivities. It identifies three cases where reconstructive surgery is required, the causes of those cases and urges you to unite and take action. Please join us in this noble effort to bring a smile to at least 5 children. Please note if you are a South African Tax payer you will get a tax deductible certificate for your relief.

WILL YOU GIFT ME A SMILE?
This Christmas I will not smile
While you celebrate Merry Christmas
While you celebrate happy new year
This Christmas I will not smile
Will you gift me a smile?

This Christmas, while you express tenderness
This Christmas, while you express friendliness
This Christmas, While you express happiness
I will not be able to express joyfulness
Will you gift me a smile?

A smile, a gift of nature, natural to you
Has been denied of me by Moebius Syndrome
A smile, a natural expression of joy and happiness
Has been denied of me, by a cleft palate
A smile, that which you give away yet still retain
Has been denied of me by a shack fire
Will you gift me a smile?

Oh Moebius, Oh Moebius, where did you come from
Oh Moebius, Oh Moebius, they call you a syndrome
Oh Moebius, Oh Moebius, you who has devoured my facial nerves
Oh Moebius, Oh Moebius, you who denied my embryo blood supply
Oh Moebius, Oh Moebius, let it be known to you, that I will smile again
Will they gift me a smile? Will you gift me a smile?

Imagine a world you cannot move your face
Imagine a world you cannot smile
Imagine a world you cannot frown
Imagine a world you cannot blink your eyes
Show a friend a naughty wink and nod!
Will you gift me a smile?

Imagine a world you have no facial expression?
Imagine a world people can’t know if you are happy or sad
Imagine a world where you have crossed eyes
Imagine no more, for that is my world, a real world
Will you gift me a smile?

Imagine a world where your saliva is ever flowing.. continually drooling
Imagine a world where you struggle talking clearly
Imagine a world where you struggle swallowing food
Imagine no more, for joy and change, is possible, through surgery
Will you gift me a smile?

Don’t stare at my squint eyes
Don’t laugh at my squint eyes
Don’t smirk about my cleft lips
Don’t whisper about my cleft palate
Do open your heart, and gift me a smile this Christmas

I am one in seven hundred Births
That genes and the environment conspired against
That nature and nurture conspired against
While in my mother’s womb, my mouths roof failed to develop fully
Maybe it’s the genes fault, maybe it’s my mother’s fault
Maybe its poverty’s fault
But whether genes, or mother or poverty’s fault
I want to smile like you and other children
Will you gift me a smile?

Maybe my mother smoked while pregnant
Maybe my mother took drugs while pregnant
Maybe my mother lacked folic acid while pregnant
Maybe, just maybe my mother was overweight while pregnant
Maybe, just maybe, you will gift me a smile

Don’t be horrified at my wrinkled non-face
Don’t stare at my wrinkled non-face
For I remember the day fire consumed my face
On a cold winters day, fire consumed my face
Will you gift me a smile?

On a cold winters night, as the paraffin stove
That was meant to keep us warm,
consumed us in anguished pain
Oh fire, Oh fire, you obedient servant, but cruel master
Maybe, just maybe they will gift me a smile

My parents hide me from the world
The children think I am a monster
They think I am the dreaded tokoloshe
They think I am bewitched
Will you Gift me a smile?

I don’t need to be ashamed of myself
I don’t need to be hidden away from the world
I need to grow up joyful and happy
I need to frolic and smile like others
Joy I tell you is possible
Will you gift me a smile?

My world need not be like this
For doctors can correct this
Reconstructive surgery can do this
For joy is always possible
If you gift me with a smile, this Christmas

While you eat your Christmas Turkey, I struggle to drink my porridge
While you wish each other merry Christmas and Happy new year
I can’t even say Mama or Dada. Will you be my voice?
For joy is always possible. Will you gift me a smile?

While you use reconstructive surgery to enhance your beauty
I need it just to be me, to be human, to smile
Surgery for me is not to enhance beauty
It’s my only way of regaining confidence and dignity
Will you gift me a smile?

Remember me in your festivities and adventures this Christmas
May you have a happy and merry one
Remembering too that one more child too, deserves a smile
Joy to the world, a child is born, Joy is always possible.
Will you gift me a smile this Christmas?

Christmas is the remembrance of the birth of the Christ child
Remember the child who came to the world
In whose name we celebrate Christmas
For joy to the world, the Lord has come
By bringing Joy and smiles to another child
For joy is always possible, with a smile.
– Magotsi Magotsi

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Gift me a Smile this Christmas

R14,550 of R37,500 raised
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Donation Total: R1,000.00

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Anonymous User

Anonymous

January 11, 2023

Amount Donated
R10,000.00
AM

Alfonce Muthoka

December 8, 2022

Amount Donated
R500.00
JF

Johnny Figland

December 1, 2022

Amount Donated
R250.00
In memory of Tamira Figland J.
PV

Paul Vink

November 28, 2022

Amount Donated
R500.00
MD

Michelle Durnez

November 28, 2022

Amount Donated
R500.00
N

Nadene

November 15, 2022

Amount Donated
R500.00
In honor of Robert and Ahadi M.
RW

Ralph and Chris Waterfront Rotary Club Friends

November 7, 2022

Amount Donated
R300.00
In honor of Chris and R.
JT

James Thomson

November 3, 2022

Amount Donated
R1,000.00
RM

Robert Moses Magotsi

November 2, 2022

Amount Donated
R1,000.00
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