Ex-learners give back

2019-06-11 06:00
Aden Thomas, Nico Adamson, Shadley Poggenpoel, Leonore Schuller and Peter Veerapen

Aden Thomas, Nico Adamson, Shadley Poggenpoel, Leonore Schuller and Peter Veerapen (Siphesihle Notwabaza)

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In a bid to plough back and encourage learner development, former Groenvlei High School learners and their friends donated some money to their beloved high school.

Ex-learners Shadley Poggenpoel, Peter Veerapen, Aden Thomas, Lloyd Kriel and their friend Mike Abrahams joined ecstatic staff members to hand over a cheque valued at R110 684. This took place at the school’s premises on Wednesday 29 May.

According to Poggenpoel, the money was made from a golf day they hosted earlier last month in which they involved the school’s learners. He explained the event became a success because of the help of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Play Sport 4Life. 

Abrahams is a logistics coordinator for this NGO. “Ex-learners had a golf day that included some raffles, an auction and all the money that was raised we donated to the high school,” he shared.

The reason they were doing this was to help in the process of preparing for the future of learners. According to them, the money would enhance the quality of their education by buying teaching aids that the school saw needed.

Even though they had some suggestions, he said it was entirely up to the school as to how they would use the money. 

Thomas agreed with him saying they will not dictate as to how the money should be spent.

“It is our gift to the school. We have enough trust in the institution. We are not going to tell you what to do with the money,” expressed Thomas as they were handing it over.

He jokingly asked the school teachers not to come and ask for more when they have misused it because they as former learners do not have it.

The staff members appreciated the donation saying the money would come handy. School principal Nico Adamson said they felt blessed by the donation and vowed to make good use of it.

“By donating this money, in a way they are making the lives of the learners better. There is a project that we are working on but I cannot reveal much about it at this stage. We are grateful,” Adamson expressed.

The deputy principal, Godfrey Hendrickse shared his sentiments. He said the donation made him feel proud of the former learners. He said they are setting a good example to current learners to never forget about their school when they succeed.

“A school like ours, that is financially challenged appreciates a gift like this. It indeed will make a difference,” said Hendrickse.

He said the money will help develop the school and change ideas into reality.

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