A golden difference

2015-11-11 06:00
 Photo: darshan rangai Pupils entertain the crowd at the Golden Steps school’s fund raising event.

Photo: darshan rangai Pupils entertain the crowd at the Golden Steps school’s fund raising event.

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THE Verulam Recreational grounds was a buzz of activity at the weekend as the Verulam and Tongaat community supported the Golden Steps School for the Disabled which held a fund raiser to build new facilities.

The school, based in Cottonlands, caters for the mentally and physically challenged as well as autistic pupils in the Verulam, Tongaat and surrounding areas.

Currently the school has 207 pupils, most of who come from impoverished backgrounds, but the growing demands mean that next year not all pupils may be accommodated unless a solution is found.

Principal Anesh Singh said the school is now in desperate need of new facilities because the demand for place has escalated in recent years and the school is struggling to accommodate pupils.

“Earlier this year we built four new class rooms with toilet facilities, but that only accommodated the backlog from last year.

“For next year we already have 40 pupils that are on a waiting list,” said Singh.

Singh said there is no guarantee that these pupils will be accommodated due to space, but the school teachers, businesses and the community are trying to make this possible by creating new facilities.

“This is what this event is all about. We want to address the shortage of classrooms for the pupils in the new year and we are working with the community, businesses and schools to make this possible,” said Singh.

Singh said the aim is to build four new classrooms and the fund raiser has gone a long way in helping the cause.

“Every single parent wants their child to go to school and we want this to be possible.
“It is the right of every single child to go to school and get an education,” said Singh.

The fund raiser included a host of activities from food and clothing stalls, jumping castles, Show and Shine, sound competition, a fun run/walk and live entertainment.

The school has thanked all sponsors and donors - ABI, car dealerships, general public hired stalls, car show, tyre companies, Nitro Crew, Auto Style and everyone who supported them, but were not present.

“Had it not been for the community at large this day would not have been possible,” said Singh.

Singh added that they plan to make this an annual event to aid in the provision of education to children in the community.

Anyone who wants to get involved in the project can contact the school on 031 824 9706 or email goldensteps01@gmail.com.

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