Debaters seek financial aid for competition

2017-06-21 06:01
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThandiwe Ndhlovu, Clayton Mkhize and Thandeka Dlamini.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThandiwe Ndhlovu, Clayton Mkhize and Thandeka Dlamini.

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A GROUP of concerned parents whose children are due to jet off to an international debating competition in Greece next month have asked government departments, officials, the public and business community for financial aid which would ensure the debaters attend the event.

Voortrekker High School Grade 10 pupils Thandiwe Ndhlovu, Thandeka Dlamini and Clayton Mkhize won the World Scholar’s Cup senior division debating competition held at Pietermaritzburg Boys’ College in March securing a place in the Debating World Scholars’ Cup in Athens to take place from July 19 to July 24.

To finance the trio’s trip, including flights from Durban to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Athens and back home is R37 968, accommodation in Athens is R11 101 and food expenses while attending the competition is R7 080 with the overall total being R56 150.

One of the parents, the family breadwinner said he just can’t afford the cost.

Thulani Ndhlovu, whose daughter Thandiwe won 12 medals in competitions leading up to the finals, said any amount a benefactor can provide will be appreciated.

“Even if it is R1 000 it will make a difference.”

Thandeka’s mother, Siphesihle Dlamini, said the challenge is that she is a single parent who relies on one income.

“If I had another source of income or some financial support, I would make sure our children attend this competition because their achievement must be supported. Attending this competition will empower them and boost their self-esteem,” she said.

Siphesihle said the debaters are trying to raise funds using donation forms issued by the school. Ndhlovu said the concerned group of parents has approached government departments, officials, and local companies within the private sector, but without yielding results.

In a letter written by the parents appealing for sponsorship, the group penned: “These children will not only be representing their school but our city as well, their participation in the world finals will also put our city on the map thus showing that children coming from previously disadvantaged areas can make it and that they are hard workers too.”

Voortrekker High marketing and admissions head Carina Botha said: “Voortrekker High School would like to congratulate the pupils who were chosen to participate in the World Scholars Cup event.

“The World Scholars Cup is an independent organisation and the Vories pupils were given the choice whether to participate. Voortrekker High School wishes them the best of luck.”

Individuals or organisations who want to donate must contact Ndhlovu on 060 585 9826 or
Dlamini on 082 173 6009 or on 079 892 4774.

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