Ferrari inspires pupils

2017-06-28 06:02
Bianca Theron shows ‘her’ red Ferrari to her Grade 2 pupils.Photo: tania sandberg

Bianca Theron shows ‘her’ red Ferrari to her Grade 2 pupils.Photo: tania sandberg

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ATHLONE Park Primary teacher, Bianca Theron, wanted to inspire her pupils to dream big and work hard, and has been telling her Grade 2 pupils that when driving her Chevrolet bakkie, she is able to “press a button that turns it into a red Ferrari”.

“I wanted to develop and recreate a sense of fantasy among the pupils. Some of the children believed me and told the others they had seen my Ferrari­, while others were sceptical,” Theron said.

Her Grade 2 pupil, Bailey Lyle told his father John about the “magical” bakkie and John decided to assist the teacher in inspiring children that dreams can come true.

John “made a call for a red Ferrari to be parked in the teacher’s parking at school”, in order for her to show the “non-believers”.

With the help of the Southern Equitorial­ Ferrari Automobili Club (Sefac) all was set up and on Monday June 19, a red Ferrari was parked at Athlone Park Primary School in Theron­’s parking with another red Ferrari next to it.

Pupils were extremely excited and during break were treated to the sound of Ferrari engines revving.

“They now 110% believe me.

“I told them if they work very hard, they all can have a car like this, and they were extremely inspired,” Theron said.

The owner of the Ferrari, Vic Möller of Toti, was only too happy to oblige as was Gys Muller, committee member and former chairperson of Sefac.

“Sefac is the oldest Ferrari club in the world - we celebrate our 50th anniversary­ this year.

“Nationwide the club has 450 members, which includes Gauteng, the Western Cape, Southern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Our province has 50 members,” Muller said.

He said the club consists of people with a passion for the brand and members get together once a month for a breakfast or lunch, and if possible, watch the Grand Prix.

“If I can create one Ferrari fan among these pupils, then it was worth the trip.

“Our club is very involved with charity. Last year the club hosted a Ferrari Day at Greyville Racecourse and donated R80 000 to a selected charity,” Muller said.

The club will be hosting a golf day in August.

For more information, contact Muller on 082 556 6315 or Möller on 082 556 6316.

 

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