It was all smiles at Mustard Seed as over 250 kids from children’s homes took part in the second edition of the Reigate district sports gala.

Participants drawn from SOS, Khayelihle, Thuthuka, Mustard Seed, Emthunzini Wesizwe and Trinity Network took part in sports such as athletics, netball, football and indigenous games like ‘tsoro’, ‘nhodo’, tug of war, draft and ‘umatshayana’.

Running under the theme, “Sport for Fun-Let the Children Play,” the games are being used to also disseminate valuable information to the children as a way of empowering them.

Guest of honour at the event, former Bulawayo Mayor and Senator Joshua Malinga, described the games as being very important for the development of the athletes.

Reigate district sports committee chairman Haback Masvaure indicated that it was his organisation’s desire to ensure all children get equal opportunities in sport that will create a healthy nation.

The event that is a brainchild of the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in conjunction with the Ministry of Sport and Recreation also saw Highlanders speed merchant Gabriel Nyoni and former Bosso skipper Dazzy Kapenya giving the children some motivational talks on the need to focus on their life goals despite their backgrounds.