Delivering to the needy

2019-07-16 06:00
Math and Me tutors and volunteers making sandwiches for the sandwich drive.

Math and Me tutors and volunteers making sandwiches for the sandwich drive.

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Math and Me tutors put down their books and calculators and rolled up their sleeves to help the homeless and the elderly on Sunday 7 July.

Operating in the southern suburbs in areas like Grassy Park, Plumstead, Kenilworth, Ottery, Wynberg, Strandfontein and Mitchell’s Plain, Math and Me is a mobile tuition company offering one-on-one tuition and they are also contracted with various schools offering after-school programmes and host their own private workshops before examinations.

The tuition is the brainchild of two accounting students, Brett van der Posch and Jamie Julies from Stellenbosch University who tutored to earn some income while studying.

In 2017, they took the leap of faith, and Math and Me was officially registered as a private company after the need for more effective and efficient means of delivering tuition was identified.

This led to the one-on-one facet of the business and later expanded to over 150 students making use of their service to date, a team of 17 tutors, two assistants, three successful private workshops and two after school programmes currently running.

This exponential growth led to the decision to bring Lisa van der Poel, the marketing manager on board as a part of the management trio alongside Van der Posch and Julies.

Swapping their usual work to help the needy, they made 175 sandwiches which were given to the Haven Night Shelter in Wynberg and Douglas Murray Home for the Aged in Retreat. The rest was handed out to the less fortunate on the streets in Wynberg. Though they are not new to lending a helping hand, it was the first time they did a sandwich drive.

“It is in our nature to assist and uplift the community in what we do (providing tuition) and many of our team members do community work in their personal capacity, it was rewarding to do it as the Math and Me team. This was the first time we distributed sandwiches; in the future, we would like to do a soup kitchen as well,” says Van der Poel.

Van der Poel says last year their focus was to assist St George’s Home for girls, they spent time with the girls every other weekend and arranged everything from the dress to makeup and hair among other things for one of the girls for her matric dance.

“This year we decided we wanted to branch out and serve the community in more ways than one and do some small projects, one of them being the sandwich drive,” she says.

Math and Me can be used by anyone requiring academic assistance, whether they are rewriting subjects, a mathematics HOD looking to give their staff a break or simply a student needing an extra hour of maths per week.

“Our team is ever-growing, and we are constantly striving to expand our client base and service offering. Math and Me allows passion to ignite passion and in doing so expand the minds of the youth today so as to change the world around us for a better tomorrow. We are constantly aiming to encourage students to engage with educating their passions and to develop, not only academically but holistically as critical thinkers and problem solvers. The team at Math and Me are young, passionate and skillful,” says Van der Poel.

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