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2018-04-19 06:00
Apple-A-Day Foundation’s Natalie Abel and principal Mzimkhulu Qwaka with staff members and learners at Hlengisa Primary School during the recent chair donation. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Apple-A-Day Foundation’s Natalie Abel and principal Mzimkhulu Qwaka with staff members and learners at Hlengisa Primary School during the recent chair donation. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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“Young people should rather use social media for the good, instead of as a tool to bully others,”

Natalie Abel was speaking to learners at Hlengisa Primary School in Nyanga East, during a ceremony to donate about 80 chairs to them and two for the teaching staff, last Friday.

Abel is from the Apple A Day Foundation, a charity organisation that raises funds in order to supply schools with much needed learning material.

Abel had realized there was a dire need for the furniture at the school during a visit.

“Today, I want you all to know that you can use social media to help others to make a positive impact.

After I learnt of the shortage of chairs at this school, I went on Twitter and tweeted about this, and within a short time people with offers of help,” she added.

She urged the learners to take good care of the chairs and told City Vision that this was not the first time she had visited the school.

“Our relationship with this school goes as far back as 2016, when we donated stationery and other material to the school.

We had heard about the school from one of our volunteers and we began assisting. Our organisation raises funds to supply financially disadvantaged schools,” she said.

Abel said she hoped the donation will curb the scramble for chairs among learners, a sentiment shared by school Principal Mzimkhulu Qwaka.

“We’ve had issues with the shortage of chairs in the school for a while now and it is quite disruptive during class.

Learners have to be early and if you leave your chair unattended, somebody else will usurp it, which leads to scuffles in class,” said Qwaka.

He also urged the learners to take good care of the furniture.

He said they were grateful to the donors.

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