Fry-up for school fees

2020-02-25 06:01

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Former learners from Fairmount High School in Grassy Park are giving back to the community with a charity community breakfast.

The money raised is in aid of the school.

The breakfast will be held on Saturday 7 March in the school hall from 09:30 to 11:30 and the tickets cost R60.

“We, a group of former learners from the 80s who are on the same WhatsApp group, wanted to give back to the community where it all started for us as learners,” says Hilton Meyer, a former learner and a member of the event organising committee.

The theme of the breakfast is “80s – That’s what friends are for”.

“We are all from Parkwood and surrounding areas and we all attended Fairmount High. We are almost 70% covered in terms of donations.

“To be transparent in everything we do, we are holding this fundraiser under the auspices of the non-government organisation Buckets of Joy in Parkwood,” Meyer says. The NGO is run by Shg Riedewaan Blake and all sales, donations and collections are controlled through the Buckets of Joy.

The funds raised will go towards paying outstanding fees of learners and supporting a feeding programme at the school.

“We are paying it forward so the current learners can lead the legacy. We approached only local businesses for donations as this breakfast is a community initiative,” he says.

A portion of the tickets will be gifted to the elders in the community to attend the breakfast for free. “We as ‘committed friends’ will carry that cost,” he says.

The “committed friends” meet regularly but the breakfast will still be an awesome chance to catch up with other former learners after 30-plus years.

“We all have two things in common; Fairmount High and our motto to pay it forward so that the current learners can carry on the legacy. Some of the learners of the 80s have become teachers, principals and successful entrepreneurs, both locally and abroad. Some as far afield as New Zealand and Denmark. They too contributed towards the breakfast,” Meyer says.

For the price of R60, guests will enjoy eggs, viennas, a variety of bread loaves, juice, a choice between coffee and tea, baked beans and a few surprises.

“We received donations from Sasko, Bona, U-Save Butchery, Fairdeal, Oikos Foundation in Johannesburg, Halfway Toyota Ottery and Chikro. Without their contributions this breakfast would not have happened,” he says.

R&B singers will perform and comedienne Lucinda Evans will also be in attendance. The master of ceremonies will be Phalisa Bafazi.

  • For more information, call Roland on 083 858 4754, Blakey on 081 435 7233, Mareldia on 063 243 5785 and Sadia on 064 596 3224 or Hilton on 072 067 2765.

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