Initiative, especially for pupils

2017-06-06 06:01
PHOTO: kim JoubertCath Malcolm Smith (left) with Leigh-Anne Egling (Hillcrest KwikSpar owner) encourages the community to support the project.

PHOTO: kim JoubertCath Malcolm Smith (left) with Leigh-Anne Egling (Hillcrest KwikSpar owner) encourages the community to support the project.

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HILLCREST Primary School Kids Community initiative was the brainchild of Hillcrest Primary School (HPS) social responsibility co-ordinator Cath Malcolm Smith.

The aim of the project is to offer pupils financial relief and assist with food in times of crisis.

The project helps pupils while at school without taking away from the school’s primary function - that of education­.

Smith said that it is a fact that children cannot learn with empty tummies.

“In saying this, we decided that providing food for our pupils in need is a priority. To spread the burden and to alleviate constantly asking other HPS families to donate, we approached many local businesses to assist,” she said.

Mike and Leigh-Anne Egling, owners of Hillcrest KwikSpar, were very enthusiastic about partnering with HPS and assisting.

“The duo aimed to increase our food donations and give it the exposure it needed in order to have more people involved.

“They have put collection points and markers throughout the store showing our ‘wish list items’ so everyone can do their bit to help us, which is so appreciated,” she said.

Smith thanked everyone for their donations thus far.

“Thanks to our donors for their support we are now able to make breakfast in the morning for our pupils so they start their day the right way.

“In addition, this project has also enabled us to provide 30 children with lunch daily.”

Smith encouraged the community to get on board with the project.

“It is a sad reality that there are children who arrive at school who have not eaten since the lunch they received from us the day before.

I certainly believe that this is not isolated to just our school, but many schools. I hope that other schools will also take the initiative and start similar programmes.”

“HPS Kids Community is all about our children. Not only will we make sure those in need are fed, but it extends to making second-hand uniforms, sports equipment, etc., available, at no cost.

“We also had the opportunity last year, with the help of a local optometrist, to provide a Grade 7 pupil with a much-needed new pair of glasses.

“Through donations we also assist where necessary with the cost of excursions.”

Smith said it is also of utmost importance that pupils receiving help are treated with respect and kindness.

“Often a hug or kind word is as important as the food they are receiving.”

Leigh-Anne said that they are excited to be apart of this initiative.

“We are proud to give back to the school in this way and I encourage the community to visit our store and support this project,” she said.

To find out more or to donate to this project contact, Smith on 031 765 1214.

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