The aha Hotels and Lodges group knew without any hesitation that assisting the Hussain family was of the utmost importance, as part of their CSI mission is making notable differences in the lives of people.
Muhammad Hussain (7) from Port Elizabeth has been battling tremendous odds throughout his young life after being diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) at only six months. This courageous little one has bravely faced his illness, holding on to only one dream; spending a day at uShaka Marine World, in Durban feeding the dolphins.
Motivated by sheer determination the Little Fighter Cancer Trust, the organisation that’s supported the Hussain family through the years, made it their mission to make his dream a reality, appealing to various organisations for assistance.
aha Square Boutique Hotel & Spa was honoured to assist the family by offering 10 days, all-inclusive accommodation ensuring the family’s stay in Durban was as comfortable and memorable as possible.
Muhammad’s dream became a reality on Thursday, 20 October 2016, as he interacted with the dolphins and fed them. The delight on his face was palpable and described as heartrending by those who were there to witness it. This amazing moment is not only etched Muhammad’s heart, but in the hearts of the men and women from organisations such GEMS, Netcare 911, uShaka Marine World and King Shaka International Airport, to name a few that came together to make it possible.
Muhammad’s parents, Fahrad and Kaamielah, thanked everyone involved in making their son’s dream a reality. “My heartfelt thanks firstly go out to Mandie Erasmus, Thomas Engela and the Little Fighter Cancer Trust team for the support they had given me from 2012 until now. I’m shocked beyond belief that they have not left my side, just as I have stayed at my baby’s side since 2010 until this present time. God Bless you all,” said Fahrad.
For aha Hotels and Lodges these social responsibility gestures go a long way in contributing towards the South African rainbow nation’s goal of Ubuntu and the age-old isiZulu adage of ‘Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu’ (a person is a person through other persons). It speaks to the essence of being human and about compassion. This is truly an awe-inspiring journey of hope and of conquering adversity through the support of complete strangers, displaying unconditional love by coming together and making a terminally ill child’s dream become a reality.
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