KZN’s school fundraising champions welcome ex-Bafana skipper

2010-07-21 00:00

THE pupils of Cowan House school in Hilton sang Shakira’s Waka Waka to welcome former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe yesterday when they were awarded R100 000 for having finished at the top of the Woolworths MySchool Play It Forward fund­raising campaign.

Cowan House and Hillcrest Christian Academy were KwaZulu-Natal’s top-scoring schools. A total of 388 primary schools participated in the programme. These two schools, and the third-place finisher, King David Junior School in Linksfield, Johannesburg, each received R100 000 in prize money and an additional R50 000 to give to an under-resourced school or charity of their choice.

Pieter Twine, general manager of MySchool, explained: “The aim of the Play It Forward campaign, which ran from early March to the end of May, was to generate additional funds for participating schools through Woolworths’ donations to MySchool while at the same time building excitement on playgrounds ahead of the 2010 World Cup.”

He said each class in the participating schools was given a unique code for parents, friends and family members to link their cards to, and every swipe of a linked Woolworths or MySchool card at Woolworths counted towards weekly class prizes at every school, as well as towards the grand prizes.

Twine said the idea for Play It Forward was sparked by the concept of “paying it forward”, by doing something good for someone else out of altruism.

Radebe, a Woolworths brand ambassador and South Africa 2010 ambassador, told the pupils: “The reason why we go to school is because we want to be successful in life. My mother wanted me to be a doctor. However, I knew that I had a God-given talent to play football.”

“Rhoo” acknowledged that he would not be where he is today if it were not for football. He said the game of football taught him a lot about discipline. “Through the game I have learnt to do other things.

“My success did not just come, I had to work hard for my achievements,” he said.

“As a soccer ambassador I have been honoured with a duty to plough back to different communities and make a difference when it matters most. I am also involved in Football for Hope, which is a Fifa initiative aimed at helping the hopeless,” Radebe told the pupils.

Cowan House donated its R50 000 to a charity organisation called Ithemba Projects, which is based in Hilton and works closely with the Sweetwaters community.

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