Luke does good with wood

2017-09-26 06:00

Buy wood and help 13-year-old Luke Howe from Kenilworth fulfil his dream of buying a soccer kit for his team.

Howe says it saddens him to have to play on the field in their school uniform because his school, Vista Nova – a special needs school in Rondebosch – does not have the kit. After thinking long and hard about how he could change the situation, he asked for trees from the “Tree Fellas” who were cutting down trees at the complex where he lives. He did not want the wood to go to waste while he had a vision to help his school. By then, he had the idea of chopping the trees into pieces and selling the wood to raise funds.

He says he has used all the funds raised thus far to buy kit and he has already managed to buy the shirts and shorts. Howe says he still needs to sell enough to buy socks, caps and jackets.

A bag of wood costs R20 and a thousand pieces are sold for R750.

He started selling in July and says the support has not been good enough. “Although enough money has not been raised yet, the supplier agreed that as I get the money from the wood I can pay for the rest of the uniform. We are asking the community to support us by placing orders for wood or by offering any other support they can by emailing lhowe@isat.co.za. The school could also do with much-needed sports equipment,” says Howe.

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Buy wood and help 13-year-old Luke Howe from Kenilworth fulfil his dream of buying a soccer kit for his team.

Howe says it saddens him to have to play on the field in their school uniform because his school, Vista Nova – a special needs school in Rondebosch – does not have the kit. After thinking long and hard about how he could change the situation, he asked for trees from the “Tree Fellas” who were cutting down trees at the complex where he lives. He did not want the wood to go to waste while he had a vision to help his school. By then, he had the idea of chopping the trees into pieces and selling the wood to raise funds.

He says he has used all the funds raised thus far to buy kit and he has already managed to buy the shirts and shorts. Howe says he still needs to sell enough to buy socks, caps and jackets.

A bag of wood costs R20 and a thousand pieces are sold for R750.

He started selling in July and says the support has not been good enough. “Although enough money has not been raised yet, the supplier agreed that as I get the money from the wood I can pay for the rest of the uniform. We are asking the community to support us by placing orders for wood or by offering any other support they can by emailing lhowe@isat.co.za. The school could also do with much-needed sports equipment,” says Howe.

He adds that with his idea he wants to set an example to other children

Luke suffers from attention deficit disorder. He gets his inspiration from his father who does a lot of handiwork. He says he would love to go into the engineering field one day as he also loves working with his hands. His mother, Louise Howe, says: “We as parents are very proud of Luke and they way he thought of helping others. He loves working with his hands and has been spray-painting since the age of 10 and welding since the age of 11.”

She advises other parents to teach their children to value things from a young age and not just take everything for granted. Margie McMahon, a neighbouring resident, says Luke is an innovative young man that is always willing to help.

“I have known him for a couple of months and he is very generous. He is doing a fantastic job by raising funds, The idea is brilliant,” McMahon adds.

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