First impressions

First impressions

JAM, first impressions – by Janine Gomes Rei

Janine visited the JAM base in Honeydew, Johannesburg after spotting one of our branded bakkies at a shopping centre the day before. She came armed with her guitar to join some of the JAM SA staff at the makeover handover celebration taking place at Ipopeng Day Care in Diepsloot that morning. These words were her first – and lasting – impression of JAM.

And on the way out I counted 44 children being fed in a painting that came alive and that shouted more than 1 000 words in a deaf man’s hear, even he could hear.

Truth in colours that told a story and that beckoned at my being to do something. My shoes had me stuck in time glued to the floor as I stood there, counting each child in the picture that hung at the entrance of JAM.

Almost like in the movie, Merry popping I jumped into the picture and hugged each child, eager to get know them one by one and to see their individual smile.

I said to myself. Get me on this train, I want to go there I want to do, I want to be, I want to share, I want to give, I want to love.

What must I do? What a rad blessing.

Janine Gomes Rei, JAM SA volunteer 2014

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