Bus shelter donated to Eastwood Secondary

2016-10-19 06:00
At the new bus shelter (from left) Garth Rampaul (Eastwood Secondary principal), Hans Coertse (Anderson Engineering managing director) and Trevor Govender (Anderson Engineering, engineering planner and head of social responsibility).         PHOTO: nicole                 john

At the new bus shelter (from left) Garth Rampaul (Eastwood Secondary principal), Hans Coertse (Anderson Engineering managing director) and Trevor Govender (Anderson Engineering, engineering planner and head of social responsibility). PHOTO: nicole john

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EASTWOOD Secondary School was the recent recipient of a bus shelter at the school, courtesy of Anderson Engineering.

Initially designed and conceptualised to protect children from the weather while waiting for transport, these shelters are proving to be more than just a waiting­ shelter, and offer pupils a secure place to wait.

The waiting shelter project began six years ago and six schools, including Forest Hill, Woodlands Primary, Alston Primary, Eastwood Primary, Tetelegu Primary and Eastwood Secondary, have been beneficiaries of Anderson Engineering’s corporate social responsibility initiative.

Eastwood Secondary, which has over 1 500 pupils, faces a number of challenges, including limited funds to support the high running costs of the large school, a high level of poverty for many pupils and the threat of substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Garth Rampaul, principal of Eastwood Secondary, appealed to Anderson Engineering for a shelter at the school.

After a number of pleas, the company heeded the call.

“His determination was something we really related to and he earned a great deal of respect from us for his perseverance,” said Trevor Govender, head of social responsibility at Anderson Engineering.

During the official opening of the shelter at the school on Monday, 17 October, Rampaul thanked Anderson Engineering for their generosity and their determination to keep children safe as they wait for their transport home after school.

He also said the area is used as an alternate venue for children to break away from the classroom for various activities.

Anderson Engineering managing director, Hans Coertse­, and Govender were treated to the schools’ hospitality as well as an item from the school choir.

“It has been a great privilege to assist the school and see the impact first-hand that the shelter will have on the school and these children’s lives,” said Coertse.

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