Heroic youngster recognised for bravery Youngster recognised for bravery

2016-11-29 06:01
Photo: SUPPLIED Toys R Us Marketing Manager Nicole Annells congratulates Cayde Labuschagne.

Photo: SUPPLIED Toys R Us Marketing Manager Nicole Annells congratulates Cayde Labuschagne.

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A VISIT to a family friend’s home led to a life-changing moment of heroism for Kloof Senior Primary pupil Cayde Labuschagne when he saved a child’s life.

But it was pure instinct that kicked in when the 11-year-old dived into a pool to save a toddler from drowning.

According to Cayde’s mother Chantelle, the youngster was in the pool with other children during a visit to her friend’s home when one of the younger children fell into the pool.

“One of the little boys, a two-year-old, was playing on the steps of the pool and slipped in. I saw him sink, but before I could react Cayde had already jumped in and pulled the little boy out of the water,” said Chantelle.

“As a parent Cayde’s heroism makes me extremely proud because he reacted instinctively without being told to do so. I gave him a pat on the back and constantly reiterated to him how amazing his actions were.”

Chantelle explained that Cayde, an avid swimmer, is extremely comfortable in the water and is always aware of other children in the pool keeping a watchful eye on them.

This week Cayde and other “do-gooders” at Kloof Senior Primary were recognised by the school and Toys R Us as part of the retailer’s TRUper campaign - an inspiring competition, which aims to highlight the importance of carrying out good deeds.

In a special assembly at the school, the Toys R Us team rewarded Cayde for his heroic act with exciting treats.

Kloof Senior Primary principal Ms Love said she was extremely proud of all the children who had been recognised through the TRUper campaign. “The few children that stand up here represent all the children at Kloof Senior Primary because there are so many who do the right thing and have good manners,” said Love.

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