Kloof Junior pupils host charity drive for Hact

2015-09-22 06:00
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Pretty Masondo, Lyn Dobson (Kloof Junior Primary principal), Linda Llewellyn, Jade McPhail and Joshua Russell with some of the donated clothing.

Photo: Supplied Pretty Masondo, Lyn Dobson (Kloof Junior Primary principal), Linda Llewellyn, Jade McPhail and Joshua Russell with some of the donated clothing.

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KLOOF Junior Primary pupils recently hosted a charity drive to collect clothes for the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) Clothing Scheme.

The scheme creates income for families who are impacted by HIV/Aids by giving them bags of donated clothing every week, which they sell within their communities to generate an income for their families. The 20 women who benefited from this programme have learnt how to run their own business and to negotiate the best prices for their second-hand goods.

The women gather at the centre each Friday to collect a large bag of good quality clothing. The first bag they receive is free, but subsequent bags are sold to them for R15 to ensure their buy-in and to encourage an entrepreneur mindset rather than a hand-out mentality.

Proceeds from the sales help to put food on the table, provide pocket money for their children and enables them to buy school uniforms. In some cases the money they generate can mean the difference between providing for their children with one meal a day or three meals.

“We decided to host a charity drive for a local NPO and do something for the community. We applaud the work that is done by the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust and are proud to be associated with this wonderful organisation. “Thank you to the pupils and parents who made this clothing drive a success,” said Lyn Dobson, Kloof Junior Primary School principal.

Hact CEO, Olivia Myeza, said the organisation­ was proud of the school’s contribution. “It’s so exciting to see a local primary school actively contributing to society and encouraging their children to do what they can to help people who are less fortunate. We would love to see other schools in the Upper Highway area learn from this great example and run similar clothing drives in future.”

To make a clothing donation to Hact, visit the centre at 26 Old Main Road in Hillcrest or contact it on 031 765 5866 or email info@hill aids.org.za - Supplied

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