As part of an annual charity initiative, a group of 40 learners of Merrydale Primary School have raised and donated more than R2000 to a local children’s hospital.The group of 40 prefects started the collection drive at the beginning of the second term.“They collected whatever the children could give. If it was a 50c or a R1 or whatever they could. They raised around R2200,” says Burnadine Groepies, prefect coordinator of the school.The money was donated to the Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association.“We have learners at our school who attend Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. “This was the prefects’ initiative,” says Groepies.Eddie White of the association accepted the donation.“We are very grateful for this. We usually work with the schools around the hospital but it is amazing to come to Mitchell’s Plain to see what these children are doing and giving what they have to help other children,” says White.The association helps by supporting the families of children who are at the hospital. These include giving them hygiene packs, food parcels, toys for play days, food hampers and birthday gifts for children who spend their birthdays in hospital.The school also runs additional charity drives where they collect toiletries for seniors and orphanages.Donations are welcome.