Recycled material ends up on the playing field

2016-08-18 06:00
Right: Fezeka Ncamile, a teacher from Vukani Primary School, receives the sports kit from soccer legend Lucas Radebe, soccer legend, and Tashalene Reid, brand manager for Hungry Lion, in Philippi. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Right: Fezeka Ncamile, a teacher from Vukani Primary School, receives the sports kit from soccer legend Lucas Radebe, soccer legend, and Tashalene Reid, brand manager for Hungry Lion, in Philippi. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Learners from three Philippi schools could not believe their luck when a fast-food outlet donated sports kit last Thursday.

The event took place at the Philippi Sports Complex and staff, in the company of soccer legend Lucas Radebe, handed over the kit to learners and teachers from Vukani Primary, Phakama and Vuyiseka Secondary Schools.

The company converted unused uniform into sports kit and by extension, also empowered a group of seamstresses from the Skills Training Centre in Khayelitsha, who were at the centre of stitching together the recycled material and reuse them as fabric.

Christi Uys, from the company, said they could no longer use the uniform as it still reflected their old branding.

“We searched for three schools that needed the sports kit the most. It will surely make a great impact in their lives. It was really inspiring to see learners play,” Uys said.

Learners from the two secondary schools had an opportunity to play a friendly game in the red and yellow colours.

Radebe refereed the friendly game and he later played goalkeeper, conceding many goals in a penalty shoot-out that followed.

Radebe encouraged the learners to do best in their studies and also refrain from going astray in life.

“We all started playing at a young age, but we never imagined that we would end up playing at professional level.

You need to be encouraged and inspired to do your best. Remember that there are rules and regulations that govern the game and in schools.

You have to follow them if you want to be successful. It is up to you to work hard and pass in school. I had to work hard myself in order to perfect my skills in soccer.

Keep working hard and know that education is the key if you want to be successful in life,” he said.

Fezeka Ncamile, a teacher from Vukani Primary School, said the kit came at the right time as they needed it the most.

“We did not have enough sports’ kit. We are so happy, because it is going to help us. They promised to come back and help us in future.

We still need the kit for volleyball team,” Ncamile said, thanking the donors.

Simnikiwe Ngoyi, a teacher from Vuyiseka Secondary School, also said they were in need of sport’s kit.

“We did not have enough sports kit at school. The boys and girls teams were sharing one kit.

We are very happy. The staff and company has helped a great deal,” Ngoyi said.

Sinethemba Somandi, a learner from Vuyiseka Secondary School, said he was “happy” for the donation.

Somandi, 15, was crowned as the man of the match.

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