PMB Children’s Home appeals to locals for school stationery

2010-01-08 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home, together with Action-Coach business coaching, is appealing to the local community to assist with purchasing stationery for the children at the home before they return to school next week.

At least 80 children at the home will need stationery, including books, pens, crayons, pencil cases, bags, rulers, sharpeners and all the other stationery necessities a child requires to start the new year at school.

Patrick Greenaway of Action-Coach said due to the recession, the home had taken financial strain, which was making it difficult to meet its target of purchasing the stationery for the children.

“This is about helping the children learn; they are going back to school, and how will they learn if they do not have the necessary equipment.”

Greenaway, who has promised to donate school bags, said local businesswoman Ronel Stevens, from Speciality Papers, has agreed to sponsor one back-to-school pack for every three specially-marked Pietermaritzburg Children’s home packs purchased.

Greenaway urged the community to be more giving, saying the children were experiencing a hard enough life as it is, and that they should be protected from being ridiculed by other pupils because they do not have the required school resources.

Linda Hofmeyr, general manager at the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home, said the children need the stationery urgently.

“January, with the exorbitant stationery and uniform costs, pushes us way above monthly budget, and we are appealing to you to help us ensure that our children are able to return to school and start the new year with the confidence and necessary supplies, knowing that they have what they need — just like any other child,” she said.

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