Heroic pupil wins national prize

2015-12-01 06:00
Pupil Lenin Tofile (middle) accepts his award. With him are (from left) Julene Muller, Ashleigh Grieve, Lungi Tofile (his mother), school principal NB Daniels and Mr Osman.

Pupil Lenin Tofile (middle) accepts his award. With him are (from left) Julene Muller, Ashleigh Grieve, Lungi Tofile (his mother), school principal NB Daniels and Mr Osman.

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A Grade 7 pupil from Meadowridge Primary School in Lentegeur won a cash prize for overcoming hardship.

Lenin Tofile (13) was chosen as the overall winner in the country by the Pick n Pay School Club.

Ashleigh Grieve, school liaison officer for Pick n Pay School Club, says the annual Hero Awards programme aims to recognise ordinary pupils who do extraordinary acts in specific areas, namely overcoming hardship (the category that Lenin won), academic excellence, leadership, community upliftment and sport.

“We have selected our winners for the year, where we submit 20 finalists per province and then head office chooses the winner,” she says. Lenin was chosen as the bravest pupil of 20 finalists in the Western Cape and then also the winner of the national Hero title.

Lenin just overcame a brain tumour. Throughout his treatment he remained positive and attended school when he could.

He was diagnosed earlier this year with a brain tumour and has undergone numerous treatments and operations. In September he had brain surgery.

“Lenin won the overcoming hardship category for the country, and he was the only Hero Award winner in the Western Cape. We handed over a cheque of R8000,” Grieve says.

The recognition programme awards pupils with a certificate and badge, encouraging fellow pupils to believe that being good is cool. The school liaison officers visit schools on a weekly basis to award these recognition certificates and badges to the pupils in assembly.

“Our objective is to inspire a generation of heroic South Africans. Schools are encouraged to highlight their hero stories throughout the year,” Grieve says.

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