- A lady who always put the needs of her children ahead of her own was richly rewarded on Monday
- Her children and grandchildren threw a memorable surprise party for her and it was the first time she celebrated her birthday in 45 years
- Through the years, the selfless single mother refused to indulge herself with birthday cake or treats and used every cent to provide for her children's needs
Irvin Phala Mahladisa shared details of her remarkable mother to the South African public via social media recently.
Mahladisa explained that her mother raised her three children on her own, without the assistance of their father.
History repeated itself when Mahladisa hit her teens and she fell pregnant as well on two occasions.
This time, she had to raise her children without the support of their father.
Her mother stepped up once again and helped Mahladisa raise her children as well.
As a result of the hardship and financial woes, Mahladisa's mother chose not to celebrate whenever her birthday arrived.
Rather than opting for a birthday cake or gifts, she used her money to provide for her kids and grandchildren.
The trend continued for 45 years until Mahladisa and her siblings decided that it was time that their mother experience a celebration on her birthday.
The youngsters combined to arrange a memorable surprise party for her on December 16.
Mahladisa shared the story via the #ImStaying Facebook group and Briefly.co.za noted that the post went viral.
Sannie Snell shared her admiration for the considerate mother:
"Such a wonderful mom and through it all she is still beautiful.... must be that heart that keeps finding more and more love to give.... well done young lady, you have made your precious mom feel like all the sacrifices were worth it."
Tumeka Mketshane added,
"Happy birthday to her ,God bless you darling."
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