Skonk Nicholson’s Valiant fetches a hefty R75?000 at auction

2013-05-27 00:00

THE old 1966 Valiant owned by Skonk Nicholson, former veteran rugby coach and deputy headmaster at Maritzburg College was auctioned off at a gala reunion dinner for a whopping R75 000 on Friday night.

The president of the Maritzburg Old Boys Association, Kevin Trodd, said the car was bought by three College old boys.

He said old Collegians also donated R1,7 million in pledges towards the school’s foundation.

The old boys came from all parts of the world to celebrate the school’s 150 years of rich history and legacy.

On Saturday they were entertained by the school’s rugby ‘A’ team which played against Glenwood High from Durban.

Despite losing 40 to 44, the Collegians’ spirits were still high after a brilliant performance displayed by the young talents on a packed field.

Trodd said if there were people interested in buying another 1964 Valiant owned by Skonk, they can contact the association on 033 342 9878.

Trodd said: “It was great to see that our ethos is still being upheld after 150 years.”

“We have a very special bond and brotherhood that keeps us together,” said Trodd.

A recent old boy, Andrew Soden, said he finished school in 1991 and was very fortunate to be a head boy at the school.

Soden lives in Bloemfontein and is involved in the school’s foundation to raise funds for College.

Soden said the school taught its students life lessons like self-discipline, commitment, integrity, honesty and respect.

“You can take these values anywhere in the world,” he said.

He said the support of former pupils who have done well in life is a vital ingredient in helping schools to function well. This is what old Collegians have done and are doing for their former school.

“The school taught us that every person is as important as the next person,” he said.

Another old boy, Mfundo Kunene, said: “It was nice to be part of something great, and the school itself is greater than any individual.”

Kunene matriculated in 2000 and now lives in Johannesburg where he works as a chartered accountant.

“The school changed my entire world for the better. The school has a reputation because wherever you go they know the characteristics of Maritzburg College,” he said.

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