Teacher’s dream comes true as donations flood in

2016-12-01 06:00
 Staff, learners and members of Old Mutual during the handover at Sokhanyo Primary in Gugulethu.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Staff, learners and members of Old Mutual during the handover at Sokhanyo Primary in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It was smiles all around at Sokhanyo Primary School as donations poured in, in response to a teacher’s call on social media for help.

Teacher Namhla Sombexe received overwhelming response from a funder after sent a post on Facebook, about her initiative to collect shoes and uniforms for impoverished learners from the Gugulethu school.

She said that Facebook friends responded positively to her call and received about R6000,00 worth of material on Tuesday.

She said that apart from Old Mutual, local restaurant Rands Cape Town also made a donations.

Sombexe said: “Having worked with a lot of the children and having visited their homes, I have discovered that some of them come from very poor households, where there isn’t even food to eat.

So, a uniform and stationery would be out of the question in such a situation.”

She said she was happy to receive such a great response for her noble cause and she was least expecting it.

“I went to ask for help online and expected to get help from friends, and I was happy when Tim Mohao, from Old Mutual told me that they will help out.

I was also happy to find that Mshayi Mbeki, the co-founder of Rands, wanted to help us,” she said.

Old Mutual donated R5000 for the purchase of shoes, stationery and sanitary towels for learners in the upper grades at the school.

Rands donated about R1000,00.

Mohao said that he was touched by the initiative and it was in line with their annual donation initiative as well.

“I was moved when I saw her post and decided to inbox her as we also had the same concerns.

We decided to partner with her as part of our Care & Share initiative where around this year we make donations to suitable causes,” he said.

Sombexe said that she was very elated with the support and that it was not the end.

“Unfortunately there is a lot more to do as there is still a big shortage of uniforms and that this would be our next area of focus,” she added.

School principal Thetha Sithole, said the school was grateful for the selfless deed.

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