Reverend shares birthday with pupils

2015-06-23 06:00
Reverend June Major celebrated her birthday with pupils from WD Hendricks Primary School.

Reverend June Major celebrated her birthday with pupils from WD Hendricks Primary School.

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As part of acknowledging Youth Day, Rev June Major celebrated her birthday with the pupils of WD Hendricks Primary School in Factreton last week.

The aim of the birthday party was to focus on the pupils to remind them that there are people who care about them.

“There are children who have never had a party before, so this was for them,” says Major.

Some of the activities and entertainment that the pupils participated in at the party included dancing, singing, group activities and lunch with their peers.

Help where she canQuinton Langeveldt, chairperson of the Acre Road Community Safety Patrol, also assisted with organising the party for the pupils.

Langeveldt says that in January, he invited Major to the Factreton area and introduced her to WD Hendricks Primary School.

After visiting WD Hendricks Primary School, June promised to assist the school where she can, in order to help make a difference in the lives of the children.

“We forget that children out there go hungry and it should not be that way. We wanted to give them hope, let them know that they are loved, and that they are special,” says Major.

Close to her heartMajor added that when she visited the school a few months ago, there was a Grade 1 pupil crying. She asked him why he was crying, and he told her that he is crying because he is hungry.

This incident inspired Major to do more for the pupils at WD Hendricks Primary School because the pupils there are close to her heart. It started with her sharing her birthday with the children.

She wants the pupils to know that just because they come from an area known for crime and gangsterism it does not mean that they should get involved in gangsterism. She emphasised that they should focus on their education because they have the ability to become anyone they want.

BurglariesTo ensure that the pupils don’t go hungry all day they are given sandwiches. However, that is not enough for all the children. There are organisations who donate bread twice a week but there are more than 300 children to feed.

Major also expressed her concerns about the ongoing burglaries at the school.

“I am beyond livid that a community would steal from an institution that will secure a better future for their children,” says Major.

“I appeal to the community to please take ownership of the school. Education is the future of our children. I appeal to the community of Factreton and Kensington to please keep an eye open, be vigilant and report all break-ins,” she adds.

Heart-brokenMajor says that she is heartbroken by the criminal activity which has is happening at the school. She also wants to let the community know that enough is enough, they all need to unite for the benefit of the school.

If any organisation would like to donate bread, sandwiches, or stationery to WD Hendricks Primary School, they can contact the school on 021 593 1810

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