Pupils receive coats, boots

2015-08-11 06:00
A Stephen Road Primary School pupil takes a food parcel from Muslim Hands manager Imraan Roomaney after also receiving a raincoat and a pair of boots. 

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A Stephen Road Primary School pupil takes a food parcel from Muslim Hands manager Imraan Roomaney after also receiving a raincoat and a pair of boots. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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Pupils at Stephen Road Primary School are kitted out for the harsh winter.

The 606 pupils of the school were given raincoats and wellington boots on Wednesday last week. The donation was an initiative started by local radio station Voice of the Cape (VOC), NGO Muslim Hands and the Makro store in Ottery.

VOC adopted the school earlier this year after donating school backpacks and stationery packs for the pupils in a back-to-school initiative which had started in November last year.

Programme producer Quanita Kamaar says the station decided to adopt the school “after realising the need at the school”.

“Stephen Road Primary is a school that really crept into our hearts. After our initial donation we realised we needed to do more for them,” Kamaar says.

She says the winter drive was started earlier this year to ensure pupils would be warm during winter.

“Some of these children are not as fortunate as the next. Parents even keep their children home when it rains because they don’t want their children to get sick,” Kamaar says.

“A child also won’t learn properly if he’s in class and wet. We are trying to stop that from happening by ensuring their education comes first,” she emphasises.

Muslim Hands came on board after VOC approached the organisation. Imraan Roomaney, manager at Muslim Hands, says they were happy to get involved and help the school.

Roomaney says the organisation often gets involved with winter campaigns.

“Just recently we donated 1500 blankets to people in need. We did not hesitate when called to assist this school, when we were approached by VOC,” he says.

The organisation sourced the raincoats for the pupils.

“We got them navy raincoats and all pupils will be issued with one. We invested in a good raincoat so they may look presentable and stay warm,” Roomaney says.

Makro Ottery marketing manager Munier Solomon says they helped the radio station last year and decided to adopt the school along with VOC.

“We have sourced their wellington boots in our support for the school. This is also our way of empowering the community,” Solomon says.

After being kitted out in the school hall, excited pupils received a food parcel as well.

Pupils at Stephen Road Primary School are kitted out for the harsh winter.


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