Former pupil donates to Russell Primary

2015-10-08 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

Sindy Mdlozini (second, left) hands over a pair of new school shoes to a Russell Primary pupil while her mother, Mammie Zondi (third, right), and struggle stalwart Truman Magubane (second right) look on.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese Sindy Mdlozini (second, left) hands over a pair of new school shoes to a Russell Primary pupil while her mother, Mammie Zondi (third, right), and struggle stalwart Truman Magubane (second right) look on.

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A LIFE-LONG dream to give back to her community materialised for Sobantu-born Sindy Mdlozini, who, with the Department of Higher Education­ and Training donated 353 pairs of school shoes to Russell Junior Primary last Thursday.

Mdlozini, who works for South African Airways is a former Russell Junior Primary pupil, who, through her own initiative, had bought 30 pairs of school shoes to be donated to the school. After meeting the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande at OR Tambo airport a few months ago, she asked him for a donation after telling him about her vision of giving back to the school. Growing up in the township Mdlozini said the seed for giving was planted by her mother at an early age, by donating clothes she had outgrown to needy children.

“I have always wanted to give back to my community and prayed to God to give me the money to do that. I’m passionate about giving back, and coming back to the school that moulded me into the person that I am today is a blessing.

“I believe that together as a country we can make a meaningful contribution towards the betterment of education. I challenge people to make a difference in other people’s lives. If you know you are making it, think of your humble beginnings, and give back.”

Apart from the shoes, the Premier­’s office also donated DVDs about the late former President Nelson Mandela’s life to the school.

Principal Thandiwe Zondi applauded the initiative, saying that it is important to remember where one comes from

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