Former learners of the now defunct St Louis Primary School, in Langa, connected on Saturday to seek ways to better their community and the lives of their ex-schoolmates. Thirty-years on.Now scattered all over the country, the class of 1988 gathered at the St Francis Hall to make a positive contribution to what was once their childhood neighbourhood. Khaya Sibeko, a member of the group, hailed technology and the range of social networks for making the gathering a reality. He said there had always been a need among former learners to meet, but it always proved impossible due to time constraints. However, the plan received a much-needed impetus at the beginning of the year and by March all the plans were in place. “The challenge was then how do we keep the group going until now,” he said.While such gatherings are known for drinking and showing off achievements, Sibeko said their intention was to support each other and help the community. He said the aim for Saturday’s gathering was to come face to face, and identify areas of concern among group members.“We did not want to make a normal gathering where people showcase their things. We wanted to make a significant contribution. We asked ourselves, what can we do to the community?” he said.Sibeko said members noticed that Langa was bigger for them to start a project for the entire neighbourhood. He said they decided to discover troubled former colleagues and bail them out. He added that they would then spread their wings to assist in the community. “You must understand that these are some of the sensitive issues and it is important that we deal with them,” he said.Sibeko said said they were thrilled to have met and would continue to meet and pave the way forward.“We cannot let go of this opportunity to make a difference,” he said, adding that a structure would continue to work with members to ensure they achieved the desired outcomes.