Future engineers head to England

2019-04-10 06:00
Team Rhino back from left: Christine Pius, Leah Hardy, Kiara Maistry, Georgina Goble, Timika Ballantyne and Josef Moffet (GHS Robotics Team mentor). Front from left: Falak Modi, Tanita Lakram, Tumelo Khumalo and Damita Pillay. PHOTO: supplied

Team Rhino back from left: Christine Pius, Leah Hardy, Kiara Maistry, Georgina Goble, Timika Ballantyne and Josef Moffet (GHS Robotics Team mentor). Front from left: Falak Modi, Tanita Lakram, Tumelo Khumalo and Damita Pillay. PHOTO: supplied

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TEAM Rhino SA Girls High School Pietermaritzburg will be jetting off for Coventry, England to compete in the Denson UK Engineering and Motion challenge after raising R332 500 so that every girl who participated in some way towards their project is not left behind.

After featuring in the Maritzburg Fever’s February 27 edition of the newspaper in “SA’s future engineers need you”, the girls were finally able to raise all the funds needed and will now be flying to England on Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of the girls, Doll Maistry, mother of Kiara Maistry, said that she saw the dedication and passion from the girls and knew that she and all the other parents had to intervene to eliminate the stress factor of fundraising and finding sponsors when it came time to raise funds. “The school was amazing in setting me up with an e-mail address from Girls High School Pietermariztburg. This allowed me to take the plight of fundraising for Team Rhino SA Girls High School Pietermariztburg to any and every individual and organisation,” said Maistry, who added that the support shown from various companies in and around Pietermaritzburg was amazing to see. Maistry said that they were very grateful for the donations, big or small, from everyone who contributed.

Money was not the only thing that was offered to the girls and Maistry highlighted that many sponsors also offered their expertise and experience to the girls, showing insight into their business and generating a few ideas for the girls to develop and build their own 4x4 remote controlled car entirely from scratch that they built using mainly recycled materials. “The knowledge that our school and community believe in our girls has given the whole team a tremendous boost in confidence and pride. It is this that we are most grateful for,” said Maistry.

Maistry said that each parent had agreed to give their child a set amount of spending money but believed that the girls would hardly find time to use it given that they would be following a rigorous schedule because of the competition. “The support of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High has been amazing as well. They have managed to build their car using ideas learned from the wonderful people who have shared their ideas so freely, especially their IT manager and head of robotics club Mr Josef Moffet,” said Maistry.

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