Jabulani Kingdom

Jabulani Kingdom

Laughter is the best medicine. This adage holds true in the hospitals where the wards are filled with laughter thanks to the Jabulani team. Each Jabulani entertainer’s aim is to bring a smile to the children’s faces, through a number of acts including tricycles, juggling, balloon sculptures, magic, face paint and, above all, silliness.

Laughter is known to strengthen the immune system, boost energy, minimise lethargy and decrease stress. These effects are important for both the children suffering from life threatening illnesses and their families, who often need a few minutes of sheer fun to alleviate the stress of being in hospital.

We didn’t expect it to come true. He was so happy that he got what he dreamed of, and met his hero.
Marlon

Marlon

- What his parent had to say about Reach For A Dream
Jabulani Kingdom
My mom and I want to thank you so much form making my dream a reality. The Dolphin Dive was beyond amazing, words cannot describe the experience. Overall the experience was incredible and my mom and I are very grateful for the experience, and it is an adventure we will never forget!
Megan

Megan

- Megan thanked the Reach For A Dream team

Johannesburg Region

Mauro Jabulani
Mauro Jabulani

A once-off comment by a totally unknown (to me) doctor at the Chris Hani Baragwaneth hospital: “That young (7- or 8-year-old) girl has been here in ICU for…

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Jesta Jabulani
Jesta Jabulani

I find that every time a child or parent laughs, I am contributing and making just a little sunshine in an otherwise gloomy environment. I have learnt a great deal of respect for nurses, doctors and people dealing with adversity.

Pretoria Region

Happy Jabulani
Happy Jabulani

I started out as a Jabulani in Bloemfontein, where I met so many wonderful children, that all have…

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Radio Jabulani
Radio Jabulani

Just a few months into being a Jabulani, I walked into a ward at the Steve Biko Hospital where one of…

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Malome Jabulani
Malome Jabulani

I was at Garankua hospital entertaining the children, when the parents and the staff members joined.

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Hannah Jabulani
Hannah Jabulani

I have too many favourite memories of being a Jabulani to only mention one! Being a Jabulani makes my…

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BLOEMFONTEIN & KIMBERELY REGION

Dimples Jabulani
Dimples Jabulani

The one thing I always wanted when I was a young…

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Sparkles Jabulani
Sparkles Jabulani

Knowing that I get to make everyone in the hospitals smile and laugh, is a great Blessing!

Jumpy Jabulani
Jumpy Jabulani

Being a Jabulani has showed me that it is not huge…

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EAST LONDON REGION

Tom Tom Jabulani
Tom Tom Jabulani

One day a very big and busy Cecilia Makiwane Hospital ward came to a brief standstill, as the ward was filled with the singing of all the doctors, nurses, mothers, fathers and children I played…

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Lulu Jabulani
Lulu Jabulani

During a shift, I decided to sing a song to one child in isolation. The child sat up and smiled at me. Her mother came to afterwards and said that she was so happy, because her daughter had not moved much in 3 days. Such a special moment!

Chertjie Jabulani
Chertjie Jabulani

I have been singing and dancing with the children in our East London hospitals for a year now. Every shift leaves me with a wonderful feeling of joy and a warm memory of a child that lights up after I spend some…

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KZN REGION

Cherry Jabulani
Cherry Jabulani

Cherry Jabulani has been with the Foundation for 4 years. There are so many wonderful memories of being a Jabulani that choosing only one is impossible. Every time a sad, or unhappy child or parent responds and forgets their pain, even if only for a few moments, and looks interested at a magic trick, or smiles or laughs, is magical for me. Having a doctor ask me to distract a child during a procedure is an achievement too. Having a doctor ask me to distract a child during a procedure is an achievement too. It’s also wonderful to hear a shout of “Jabulani!” as…

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Dilly Jabulani
Dilly Jabulani

A favourite memory of mine is of a little boy, crying for his mother, about to spend a year in the TB hospital. I was playing a seated game with the rest of the children & I gathered him into my arms & rocked him. He curled up with his thumb in his mouth & went to sleep. It brings a tear to my eyes to this day. All the times when I do something silly & make a child laugh & the nurses exclaim “She’s never smiled, let alone laughed, since she was admitted”. It happened again only a short time ago & the nurse called all the other sisters in to watch as I played with the child. So rewarding.

CAPE TOWN REGION

Magic Jabulani
Magic Jabulani

Seeing children using laughter to fight their illnesses, is incredible.  #Blessed #ReachForADream #Jabulani #Magic .

Crazy Jabulani
Crazy Jabulani

During one of my shifts at the Red Cross Children’s hospital, I met a young girl in one of the signal…

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Ali Jabulani
Ali Jabulani

My favourite memory was to perform in a Family Focus Day. I met with our dreamers and their…

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PORT ELIZABETH REGION

Teaspoon Jabulani
Teaspoon Jabulani

What has always been so bright in my mind, since I started working for Reach For A Dream, is the fact that I have made a small difference in the lives of the children…

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Sunshine Jabulani
Sunshine Jabulani

What I love most about being a Jabulani, is that when we laugh together, we bypass reason and logic, and speak a universal language.  Nothing beats fun !  Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread it, without getting some on yourself.

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