Exciting challenge for schools to assist water carriers

2016-11-09 06:01
 Pupils with ‘Hippo Rollers’.

Pupils with ‘Hippo Rollers’.

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FOR the millions, who are suffering from the country's worst drought in decades, there is a spark of hope for water consumers who have to transport water over vast distances.

This is the use of the “Hippo Roller”, which makes the carrying of water much easier rather than having to carry or balance heavy buckets filled with the precious commodity, often over long distances.

In an exciting development the “Code Red Drought Crisis initiative” has been launched through the participation of primary schools to raise funds for the purchase of these units for distribution in rural areas.

Greytown Junior School is the first in this area to have participated.

There is a two-prong approach - firstly creative artwork, poems, the care for birds, plants and trees to emphasise the ongoing impact of the drought.

The artwork was put on display at the school's team partner Aheers­ Superstore.

The work produced by the children was of an extremely high standard showing their commitment to putting the message across about how precious water is.

A number of touching poems on the impact of the drought were also written.

In return pupils collectively supported Aheers by collecting their till slips in a Hippo Roller in-store and challenging Aheers to equal the amount so that more Hippo Rollers can be purchased.

The second aspect of this innovative project is to encourage the need to realise from an early age the importance of helping people less fortunate than themselves.

Greytown Junior pupils raised R3 000 to purchase a Hippo Roller and the school has now issued a challenge to team partner Aheers to better the amount they spent in-store and also, most importantly, they challenge all junior schools in the area, and further afield, to make people realise the importance of water and what assistance they can provide (Hippo Rollers) to those in need.

The Greytown Junior School challenge to all schools (and possible business team partners) for 2017, is to come up with something unique to make all realise the importance of water and how to assist those in drought stricken areas to get water.

For further information, or if your school is keen to take on the challenge for 2017, email Cheryl Dunnington at cheryldu@telkom sa.net

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